Word of the Day

From: Suzanne
Sent on: Monday, February 10, 2014 10:15 AM
A very interesting verb: GROK

PRONUNCIATION: Short O (Gr "ah" K)

MEANING:verb tr.: To understand deeply and intuitively. (See the notes!)

ETYMOLOGY:Coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land. Earliest documented use: 1961.

NOTES:In Stranger in a Strange Land, Heinlein describes grok as a Martian word meaning "to drink". That's the literal meaning, however, figuratively it means to understand something in a profound way. To grok something is to be one with it in a way that the observer and the observed become merged.

USAGE:"Any first-time Apple user immediately groks the nature of the device."
Melvin Bukiet; Me and My Mac; The Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, DC); Oct 16, 2011.

Please use it in your next poem. Ha ha just kidding...

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