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And so the first week of the challenge comes to an end, I hope you’ve had fun exploring 7 days of cooky words with me!  21 more to go!  Tomorrow I’ve got a guest blog by my author friend Toby Neal, and then we’re back to the business of word love come Monday.

Today we have…

The King of Grok

Grok
/ˈɡrɒk/
Verb, t.: To understand something completely, to be one with, to have intimate and absolute knowledge of another thing/person/etc.

I like this word because it comes to us from a writer of science fiction. Author Robert A. Heinlein coined the word “grok” in his novel Stranger in a Strange Land, in which a human from Earth is raised by Martians on Mars. In the book, the word is used to describe many different things.  Best summed up by Wikipedia

According to the book, drinking is a central focus on Mars, where water
is scarce. Martians use the merging of their bodies with water as a
simple example or symbol of how two entities can combine to create a new
reality greater than the sum of its parts. The water becomes part of
the drinker, and the drinker part of the water. Both grok each other. 

My 2011 Post: I cheated and combined: G and H for Gung Ho!

Today’s #photoadayapril prompt: Shadow
Here I am this morning taking a rare and peaceful walk by myself.

About the Author Corinne

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  1. I love how you’ve structured your posts for the A to Z! I’m just passing through, but I’m no longer a stranger: I’m now a follower. :-)

    I enjoyed your unique perspective! Following you is definitely going to improve my vocabulary. ;-)

    Happy A to Z’ing!

  2. Hi, good to know what a Grok is. :) Spock is one of my favorites and I enjoyed reading Heilein a long time ago. Best regards to you. Ruby

  3. I’ve always loved the word, “grok”. I love Stranger in a Strange Land and enthusiastically agree with the caption on your photo at the head of the article.

  4. My older brother told me to read “Stranger in a Strange Land” when I was in 8th grade. I remember breaking it out during English class and my hippy English teacher almost had a coronary about his love for that book. For some reason, I never finished it.
    I think it’s one of those books I’m going to have to give another chance.

  5. I love learning new words, so I’m really digging your theme for the A to Z challenge. I’ve heard of Grok before, but I’ve never actually used it myself. I need to see if I can confuse the heck out of people by using it in conversation in the near future.

    Wishing you continued success with the A to Z challenge,
    Jocelyn

  6. That’s a word I can remember.

    And word, what a pic!

    Look forward to your challenge run…
    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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