Re: what does the word grok mean?

Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 18:33:00 -0500

Timothy Bates wrote:

> Hi Spike and listers,
> >Timothy Bates wrote:
> >> As you go on to note, libertarian's just don't grok tax in the first...
> Spike said:
> >define please this term "grok." i saw it used in ed regis' book
> >nano, but the context was uncertain. thanks! spike

> grok is Unix-geek speak: it means "get it".

while that may be its meaning to unix users, it did not originate there. Grok originated with Robert Heinlein's book _Stranger In A Strange Land_.

Mike Lorrey