1. Stage name of Joseph Carey Merrick (1862-90), a man afflicted with two diseases, neurofibromatosis I and Proteus Syndrome, which made his body puff out into a series of tumours that deformed his face, head and one side of his lower body. (Often incorrectly thought to have had elephantiasis). Lived as a circus freak for some time before attracting the attention of British higher society. Died in a tragic attempt to sleep flat on his back at the age of 27; his massive head dislocated his neck. The subject of a biopic in 1980, directed by David Lynch.
2. Any social pariah, anyone seen as monstrous.
The Elephant Man's skeleton has been removed from public view.
After the incident with Hannah's microwave oven, she sees me as an Elephant Man.
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