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Thursday, July 15, 1999

grok

\GRAWK\ , verb;
1.
To understand, especially in a profound and intimate way. Slang.
Quotes:
The electeds can say "I feel your pain" when the teleprompter tells them to, but our current existential crisis isn't something they grok.
-- Reverend Billy Talen, Alternet, February 27, 2010
For those who don't quite grok the Web, it can be an intimidating challenge.
-- New York Times, June 1, 1997
Origin:
The slang word grok was coined by Robert A. Heinlein in the science fiction novel "Stranger in a Strange Land", where it is a Martian word meaning literally "to drink" and metaphorically "to be one with".
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