Monday, April 23, 2018

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Dungeons and Dragons Players Know This Word

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog by J.Q. Rose. 
Are you a Word Nerd? If so, you're here at the right place. All this month I'll be revealing words that fascinate me using the letters of the alphabet as prompts.


~troglodyte~
a member of any of various peoples (as in antiquity) who lived or were reputed to live chiefly in caves
a person characterized by reclusive habits or outmoded or reactionary attitudes, Merriam Webster Dictionary

You may be familiar with this word if you play Dungeons and Dragons. In that game “the troglodyte is a fictional race of primitive reptilian humanoids in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.” Wikipedia definition.
 
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While you may find it surprising that I don’t play D &D, (I’ll pause to wait while you laugh at that statement) I actually found the word in Matthew Peters novel, Killing John the Baptist. In his suspenseful thriller it appeared in dialogue during a light-hearted moment in the story between Jessica and Branson discussing how well they knew each other. She said, “I now know you’ve seen The Sound of Music. You’re not a complete troglodyte.”


I immediately highlighted the word in my Kindle to look up the definition. Are you familiar with the word?

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12 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Most people know it in that second context as a derogatory word. But I do know it from D&D, too.

Melanie Crouse said...

It's one of those words that I've known the definition many times in the course of my life but always forget it...luckily you can usually tell by the context! Perhaps this is the time it will stick. Nice post ! Melanie's Stories

keithsramblings.net said...

Great word! It looks good and sounds fab!

A-Z of My Friend Rosey!

J Q Rose said...

Hi Diane, I wasn't familiar with the word. Hope I can remember it whenever I get the chance to use it!!

J Q Rose said...

Yes, Melanie. Context is an important part of learning new words especially when you aren't reading on the Kindle with the dictionary only a click away.

J Q Rose said...

Hey Keith! Looking and sounding good are requirements to make it on my word list! Thanks.

Juneta Key said...

Ooo, I like it. Can hear a character who can't find the word to really say what they want to say, say something like this instead, "You, troglodyte you!" Love it. I had heard the word but would never have thought of it.

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. Nice post. Great word. I think I kind of got the meaning of the word in Matthew's book. I could tell it was a purjoritive if you were one. LOL Sharing.

Helena Fairfax said...

I love the word troglodyte and it's one of my favourites :) I first read it as a child in a Tintin book. (Do you have Tintin and Snowy in the US?) Tintin's friend Captain Haddock says it a lot :)
I've been loving your selection of words!

J Q Rose said...

Juneta, LOL. I like that idea!!

J Q Rose said...

Marsha, yes, reading using context is helpful. !!!

J Q Rose said...

Helena, I'm not familiar with Tin Tin and Snowy. Sounds like Captain Haddock is quite the character! Glad you're enjoying the word selection. I'm having fun with it too.