Love for Words – Troglodyte

October 24, 2013

___ A Troglodyte [TROGG-lah-dite] reminds me of a troll, like that in the fairy tale Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Likely because a Troglodyte is a hermit, per se, self absorbed in outlook and imposing when crossing other’s paths. Now, that’s my envisioning the metaphorical troglodyte. defines Troglodyte as:
1. a prehistoric cave dweller.
2. a person of degraded, primitive, or brutal character.

3. a person living in seclusion.
4. a person unacquainted with affairs of the world.
5. an animal living underground.

I guess my “troll” thoughts link to Definition 2.

Anyway, with Greek and Latin origins meaning “one who creeps into holes” and “cave dweller,” a troglodyte may seem harmless when in their own dwellings, yet bumbling or imposing when they emerge to our world — and they don’t care if they do.

Have you observed, or bumped elbows with any Troglodytes?


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