Alan Robson - The Bearded Triffid
were invented by the science fiction novelist John Wyndham
(1903-1969) in his 1951 novel The Day of the Triffids. They were mobile plants equipped with a vicious
sting which could kill with a single lash. They were not a threat until the population
fell blind due to a comet's light, giving the triffids a serious advantage.
The novel was enormously popular in England and the word entered the language.
I remember as a child going for drives in the country with my parents. Whenever they saw a strange weed cowering in the hedgerow they would proclaim it to be a triffid.
A whole generation of British children grew up convinced that any plant they were unable to identify must be a triffid, and that given the least bit of encouragement it would chase after them and sting them to death...
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I first read the book when I was about eight years old (I think - the exact details are a little hazy now), but I do remember that it made an enormous impression on me. It turned me into a rabid science fiction fan (a hobby I have pursued from that day to this).
A close friend, amused by the fanaticism with which I indulged my hobby, used to refer to me jokingly as the bearded triffid. The name stuck (I was quite proud of it) and I have used it ever since.
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