The situation has improved somewhat with mandatory hearing tests and the Internet, but can be grim sometimes.
President Obama will not be grim as he renders these policy verdicts.
Alan Gross was in a cheery mood, having survived a grim five-year stint in a Cuban prison.
Such alibis helped avoid a grim conclusion: that voters had heard what Democrats were selling.
The grim scene is 200 yards along a farm track just half a mile from the Sandringham Stud, where the Queen breeds racehorses.
The cat watched the poor mouse wriggle with grim satisfaction.
It was composed of the grim psychological laws that govern the abnormal.
And the grim little room and solitude for the end of every journey!
Andrew peered into the grim face of the older man; there was not a flicker of a smile in it.
Poetry, too; harsh and grim poetry, often, but the real thing.
Old English grimm "fierce, cruel, savage, dire, painful," from Proto-Germanic *grimmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German, German grimm, Old Norse grimmr, Swedish grym "fierce, furious"), from PIE *ghrem- "angry," perhaps imitative of the sound of rumbling thunder (cf. Greek khremizein "to neigh," Old Church Slavonic vuzgrimeti "to thunder," Russian gremet' "thunder").
A weaker word now than once it was; sense of "dreary, gloomy" first recorded late 12c. It also had a verb form in Old English, grimman (class III strong verb; past tense gramm, p.p. grummen). Old English also had a noun, grima "goblin, specter," perhaps also a proper name or attribute-name of a god, hence its appearance as an element in place names.
Grim reaper as a figurative way to say "death" is attested by 1847 (the association of grim and death goes back at least to 17c.). A Middle English expression for "have recourse to harsh measures" was to wend the grim tooth (early 13c.).
"spectre, bogey, haunting spirit," 1620s, from grim (adj.).