Roger from Sault Ste Marie heard a politician issue a
disclaimer: “I’m no troglodyte.” Aware that this is a cut above normal
political discourse, Roger asked for some discussion.
A troglodyte, in its original use, was a cave dweller,
someone who lived underground. It comes from the Greek, where the troglo- portion meant hole (τρώγλη), and the –dyte segment meant to go into (δύειν).
The implication is that a troglodyte, living underground and
never seeing the light, is secluded, out of touch, and woefully unaware of life
as it is lived on the surface.
Other words using the troglo- combining form include
an animal living entirely in the dark parts of caves.
a cave-dwelling animal that does not live entirely in the dark.
an animal that spends occasional short periods in dark caves.
Troglodytidae is a bird family that includes wrens and
from McFarland & Co.: Word Parts Dictionary, 2nd edition
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