Comments: HMM

I read your 100 things list. Funny! I have to ask though, what's groking?

Posted by Monique at December 2, 2005 07:16 PM

To grok (pronounced GRAHK) something is to understand something so well that it is fully absorbed into oneself. In Robert Heinlein's science-fiction novel of 1961, Stranger in a Strange Land, the word is Martian and literally means "to drink" but metaphorically means "to take it all in," to understand fully, or to "be at one with." Today, grok sometimes is used to include acceptance as well as comprehension - to "dig" or appreciate as well as to know.
As one character from Heinlein's novel says:

'Grok' means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed - to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science - and it means as little to us (because we are from Earth) as color means to a blind man.


Posted by Sarah at December 2, 2005 09:03 PM

Don't feel bad for Mrs. Bush. She handled that skank really, REALLY well. Didn't miss a beat an put Yellin in her place.

The rest of the country sees what you and I see. The media are undermining our troops, and they're tuning out to anything the media has to say.

Posted by Sean at December 3, 2005 11:42 PM

Thanks for the explanation. A new word to my vocab.. and a new book to read...

Posted by Monique at December 6, 2005 06:42 PM