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Epiphileon
Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 5:26:42 AM

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What's up with this TFD definition?
trog·lo·dyte (trŏg′lə-dīt′)
n.
1.
a. often Troglodyte A member of a fabulous or prehistoric race of people that lived in caves, dens, or holes.

I can think of a lot of ways of describing trog.s but fabulous is not one I can imagine coming up with.

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 5:41:39 AM

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Ah - you obviously did not read the Daily Mail back in the day . . .

This is "Flook" by Trog.
Flook (the hairy anthropoid) is an mythical ultra-conservative Tory right-wing troglodyte who was frozen in the stone-age and revived in the 1950s, and is trying to foist off his prehistoric views on Britain - supported by his aristocratic friend, Lord Muckybrass.



Those were the days - when you could get a very balanced view of the news, without TOO much spin, by reading the Mail (right-wing), the Guardian (left-wing) and the Sun (for the cartoons page and topless girls).


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leonAzul
Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 5:51:28 AM

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Epiphileon wrote:
What's up with this TFD definition?
trog·lo·dyte (trŏg′lə-dīt′)
n.
1.
a. often Troglodyte A member of a fabulous or prehistoric race of people that lived in caves, dens, or holes.


Wooo-ooo the trog•lo•dytes!
Whistle

Obviously (?) the intended meaning is "fabulous" in the literal sense of "like a fable". Indeed, one would be hard put to provide evidence of a factual population of subterranean slaves or refugees.

Having written the above, I fully expect to be proven wrong, and would gratefully amend my understanding thereby.
Pray

Never the less, this does introduce an interesting problem of English vocabulary, to wit: there is no authoritative final arbiter for it, only well-informed experts. TFD and Farlex do an excellent job of aggregating best of breed resources concerning English and several other languages, yet they do not themselves constitute an authority on any of them.
Think

ETA:
As Oscar Wilde had allegedly said, I can resist anything but temptation.

Troggs


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 6:06:47 AM

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Nah - THIS is "The Troggs"! - Wild Thing.



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 6:08:23 AM

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I think leon’s Supposition is absolutely correct.

Fabulous- of fable

Well-done, Leon

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Epiphileon
Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 6:11:39 AM

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That is one weird song. I'd heard it long ago but never paid much attention to the lyrics, I read them just now and am baffled. It did make me recall though this one, "Troglodyte (Cave Man)"

That definition cracked me up, I do easily amuse though.

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leonAzul
Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 6:30:55 AM

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Epiphileon wrote:


That is one weird song. I'd heard it long ago but never paid much attention to the lyrics, I read them just now and am baffled. It did make me recall though this one, "Troglodyte (Cave Man)"

That definition cracked me up, I do easily amuse though.


I found it amusing as well; good find!

If you had been following Joseph Campbell, it (Israelites) is not so weird at all.

A more detailed analysis of the connection between Exodus as a template for the emergence of a sovereign nation in contrast to a literally physical escape from oppression more properly belongs in another forum, yet such notions are germane to the continuing development of English vocabulary.


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leonAzul
Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 6:41:35 AM

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Epiphileon wrote:
What's up with this TFD definition?
trog·lo·dyte (trŏg′lə-dīt′)
n.
1.
a. often Troglodyte A member of a fabulous or prehistoric race of people that lived in caves, dens, or holes.

I can think of a lot of ways of describing trog.s but fabulous is not one I can imagine coming up with.


Why do I still have the imagined memory of Ed Sullivan's voice announcing: "And now, the fabulous Troglodytes"?
Dancing


"Make it go away, Mrs Whatsit," he whispered. "Make it go away. It's evil."
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