grout had studied French at McGill University in Montreal; she replies gracefully: “Zheneeferr.”
“It gave me a really good feeling and it kind of took me to another place, so to speak,” grout said.
But the shock of hearing someone who looks like grout sing in unaccented Arabic soon dissipated and the crowd fell deadly silent.
1580s, "thin, fluid mortar," originally "coarse porridge," perhaps from Old English gruta (plural) "coarse meal," related to Old English grytta (see grits). As a verb from 1838. Related: grouted; grouting.