From Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum by Richard ForteyIt might seem an odd ambition to try to get everyone to pronounce a word correctly. But mine has always been to get the world to say “trilobite” without fudging, and with a certain measure of understanding. My own mother was wont to say “troglodyte,” which at least has a certain prehistoric dimension, even if it refers to human cave dwellers rather than extinct arthropods several hundred million years older than humans.
“Did you have a nice week with the troglodytes, dear?” was one of her regular enquiries.Fortey is also the author of Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution.