"Probably Greek, likely a short 'e,' meaning pronounced 'taf uh',"The Motley Monk thought to himself.
Couldn't think of any Greek vocabulary words using "taphe." Ultimately, had to read the definition and etymology.
More importantly than memory lapse, knowing what the word meant had the effect of transporting The Motley Monk back to February 21, 1964, and "The Final Escape" which aired that evening on "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour."
The plot focused upon a pretty clever convict at a state prison work camp whose singular desire was to escape to freedom. While traveling to the prison in one of those convict buses that show up once and a while on a highway roadside, the convict observed a prisoner being buried in the prison's cemetery. That observation generated an escape plan.
While in prison, the convict observed the entire burial process which began in the prison's carpentry shop where an aging, alcoholic fellow prisoner, "Doc," made coffins for the prisoners who died. Making friends with Doc, the convict got him to agree to bury him in the coffin beside the next prisoner who died. Doc would make a somewhat wider coffin and, in the middle of the night, the convict would get into the coffin which Doc would then nail shut after being inspected by the warden. The burial would take place as usual the next morning. Doc would come back to the cemetery a short time after the burial to disinter the convict. Then, upon reaching freedom, the escapee would funnel $5k to his liberator's daughter (niece?) who had fallen on difficult times.
That's not taphephobia! But, it sure can generate a lot of nightmares replete with taphephobia!
"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" was one of the best television series ever and its producer is one of The Motley Monk's faves. To find out why, click here and here.
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