Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday's Word: Grok

Grok

Definition: (verb) to understand profoundly and intuitively
Other Forms: grokked; grokking
Synonyms: appreciate, apprehend, discern, perceive, recognize
Antonyms: miss

I came across this word on Chuck Wendig's March 13, 2012 post on his blog, Terrible Minds. (If you're not reading his blog yet, you really should. Believe me, the message gets through despite the foul language.) "Grok" is one of those words that is better read on the page than said in conversation.  Expect a funny look if you try the latter.  They'll think you've swallowed your tongue.

Sample Use:
Mary cast down her eyes and flicked her wrist; her thumb pointing down.  The crowd roared, grokking the impact of the simple gesture. 

Now that may not have been the best sample use of today's word, but it's your turn now.  Show me in the comments how you would use this word in your own writing.

Source:  Merriam-Webster.com

6 comments:

  1. That word always makes me think of Tom Wolfe's THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST, where they used it quite a bit.

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    1. I must read that. The word took me by surprise as I was reading the blog post on creativity. At first, I thought it was a made up word.

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  2. I do follow terrible minds, and I like it. I'm also grokking your new word Wednesdays. They're almost as much fun as the Inspiration Sundays. Hope to see you Friday

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Marie! Alas! I must miss this Friday's open mic. This week is just too busy for our family, and weekends are always worse.

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  3. The origin of the word is Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land - I spent years in a group called Church of All Worlds and we grokked a lot :).

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    1. Thank you, Heather. Stranger in a Strange Land seems like an interesting sci-fi read.

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Thank you so much for your kind comments.