Charismatic push through mastodon

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Currently I'm working hard translating a manuscript about trunk animals. There is a thread about this in the Earth forum. I just did this part:

Mastodon is also used sometimes figuratively as an expression especially in the Netherlands to indicate somebody with charisma and leadership, not prepared to settle for less than best; a real push through; a mastodon. It’s unclear if the initiator of the expression had the most common but modest mastodon of the Auvergne in mind, or the much bigger Borson mastodon or even the American mastodon.
My question, google does not tell a lot about this, but is this common in other countries as well, to use 'mastodon' like that?
 
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No, I've never heard it used for anything other than, well, a mastodon.

The terms "troglodyte" and "Neanderthal" are sometimes used, but they mean someone who is stuck in old thinking, someone who is not modern. They aren't used as compliments, btw.
 
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Yeah I don't know if I would want to be called a massive and excessively hairy beast that can't find a home and is forced to roam forever.
 
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I'm dutch but have never heard of the term 'mastodon' (at least not in dutch). The online version of the most widely used dictionary doesn't even list it (although a few other online dictionaries do). Then again, I'm not known for my dutch skills so you shouldn't take my word for it.
 
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Nick, check this. We have a lot of Mastodons.
 
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Ah, the extra 't' at the end did the trick ;) Proves how little I know about my own language, yay!
 
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Yeah I don't know if I would want to be called a massive and excessively hairy beast that can't find a home and is forced to roam forever.
yep!--and then go extinct
 

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