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Feb 13, 2014
This week's theme
Words coined in science fiction

This week's words
grok
waldo
tardis
triffid
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triffid
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triffid

PRONUNCIATION:
(TRIF-id, TRY-fid)

MEANING:
noun: An out-of-control plant that overruns everything around it. Also, anything that behaves in this manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
After triffids, a species of plants in the science-fiction novel, The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham. From Latin tri- (three) + findere (to split). Earliest documented use: 1951.

NOTES:
In the novel, The Day of the Triffids, triffids are a species of large plants with three leg-like structures that enable them to move. Triffids have poisonous stings and attack people around the world.

USAGE:
"Ecologists reckon that triffid weeds, Monterey pines, and dozens of other invasive plants already extend over one-twelfth of South Africa."
Andrew Balmfor; Wild Hope; The University of Chicago Press; 2012.

"In a triffid's world, the only thing that matters is making money and the ability to make more money."
Rusty Markland; The World Hates A Salesman; Xlibris; 2011.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity. -Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President (1809-1865)

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