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Saturday, November 03, 2001

troglodyte

\TROG-luh-dyt\ , noun;
1.
A member of a primitive people that lived in caves, dens, or holes; a cave dweller.
2.
One who is regarded as reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.
Quotes:
When the survivalists emerged blinking into the sunlight to restock their caves after the terror, my first reaction was to say, "Bless their dotty, troglodyte hearts."
-- Judy Mann, "Survivalists Flee Reality to Live in Fear", Washington Post, October 5, 2001
. . .an admitted electronics-averse troglodyte like myself, who writes with a fountain pen, shaves with a mug and brush, grinds his own coffee and spends summers in a Maine fishing town where the nearest latte is 45 minutes away.
-- Frank Van Riper, "Another Door Opens", Washington Post, May 5, 2000
For the first time, opening a fashion magazine didn't make me feel like a cloddish troglodyte who needed fixing.
-- Janelle Brown, "Keeping it real", Salon, June 4, 2001
Origin:
Troglodyte comes from Latin Troglodytae, a people said to be cave dwellers, from Greek Troglodytai, from trogle, "a hole" + dyein, "to enter." The adjective form is troglodytic.
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