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Re: [Groff] Problem with diversion

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Groff] Problem with diversion
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 22:38:20 +0100

Hi Werner,

> > > By the way, what is the groff equivalent of TeXperts/TeXnicians -
> > > grofficers?
> > 
> > I can't recall hearing anything.  Perhaps ``trofflodyte' is a good
> > fit?
> This might be a nice idea to position groff users in the modern
> software world -- it sounds similar to `troglodyte' which AFAIK is a
> group of extinct animals :-)

I deliberately chose it to be a pun on troglodyte, sorry I should have

Collins says:

    1.  a cave dweller, especially one of the prehistoric peoples
    thought to have lived in caves.

    2.  a person who lives alone and appears eccentric.

I thought the prehistoric and eccentric connections were quite suitable
given the venerableness of troff and the odd-balls that continue to use
it  ;-)

    From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) :

      Troglodyte \Trog"lo*dyte\, n. [L. troglodytae, pl., Gr. ? one
         who creeps into holes; ? a hole, cavern (fr. ? to gnaw) + ?
         enter: cf. F. troglodyte.]
         1. (Ethnol.) One of any savage race that dwells in caves,
            instead of constructing dwellings; a cave dweller. Most of
            the primitive races of man were troglodytes.
    From Jargon File (4.3.0, 30 APR 2001) :

      troglodyte n. [Commodore] 1. A hacker who never leaves his cubicle. The
         term `gnoll' (from Dungeons & Dragons) is also reported. 2. A
         curmudgeon attached to an obsolescent computing environment.
         The combination `ITS troglodyte' was flung around some during
         the Usenet and email wringle-wrangle attending the 2.x.x
         revision of the Jargon File; at least one of the people it was
         intended to describe adopted it with pride.



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