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In reference to the C. S. Lewis book The Screwtape Letters (1942), about an inexperienced demon sent to tempt a man to sin, from screw +‎ tape.

The Internet sense is thought to have originated on an Internet Flintstones forum called Pebblescrap.

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screwtape (third-person singular simple present screwtapes, present participle screwtaping, simple past and past participle screwtaped)

  1. To mess things up, to corrupt, to be devilish.
  2. (slang, Internet) To bump a particularly old topic thread on the internet or in an electronic forum, by posting an ironic or humorous reply to a previous message.