A Word from the English Major

Today's Word of the Day on dictionary.com was just too delicious to resist.

troglodyte (TROG-luh-dyt)

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 One who is regarded as reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.

When I saw the word -- and even before I thought of a way to work it into my vocab today -- I was reminded of this gem from my youth. The video is hysterical, the song, a classic '70s funk groove.

The primary endearing quality of this song, to a tween-ager, was, of course, Bertha Butt. The very mention of whom caused gales of laughter to ring out across playgrounds everywhere. Listening to the song for the first time in forever, I'm struck by how much Bertha sounds like Geraldine.

And now this post has evolved from an English vocab lesson to a glimpse into my childhood... explains a lot, doesn't it.

I'll sock it to ya, daddy. Oh yeah.


On a limb with Claudia said...

I love that word! I use it often to describe the un-interneted of other less than ... cultured people . OR HAIRY MEN! ;)

citizen jane said...

It's a great word -- better than my usual go to of Neanderthal.

However, I would never use it to describe my beloved hirsute fellows... ;-)

cajunvegan said...

Two posts in one day ... I'm not worthy.

Maybe I should "just reach and grab one."


Meg said...

Ray and Flip-we had the same childhood!!

Miss Janey said...

Troglodyte is one of Miss J's favorite words. Be careful adding it to your vocab- you will soon be over-using it to describe anyone who irks you. "That missing-link troglodyte busboy took my plate before I was finished."

Flip Wilson- so NOT a troglodyte!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh, I miss Flip! I hadn't seen the troglodyte video before. That is so funny!