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See the C. S. Lewis book, The Screwtape Letters, from the compound of screw +‎ tape. The internet sense is thought to have originated on the internet Flintstones forum, Pebblescrap.


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.