Chapter One: What Is A Meme? ("grok"?)
Arthur T. Murray
uj797 at victoria.tc.ca
Sun Aug 16 21:22:54 EST 1998
Marshall Paul <abelard at gte.net> on Sun, 16 Aug 1998 wrote:
> Arthur T. Murray wrote in message
> <35d47653.0 at news.victoria.tc.ca>...
>> Marshall Paul <abelard at gte.net> on Thu Aug 13 1968+30 wrote:
>>> Arthur T. Murray wrote in message << a bunch of stuff>>
>>> So, now define <<grok>>.
>> We are jumping the gun on Chapter Eight: Advanced Memetic Tech-
>> niques in http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/taotmeme.html The Art of
>> the Meme, but let us all thank Marshall Paul for his question.
> <<snipped the ungrokable>> You're welcome, but could you
> repeat that in ordinary standard English that so I won't have
> to feel so stupid for not understanding you?
"Grok" is a word from the science fiction writer Robert Heinlein's
book, "Stranger in a Strange Land," about a Martian who comes to
Earth but must live in a pool of water.
"Grok" has an ultimate meaning of "to drink water" and a figurative
meaning of "to understand something totally, absolutely, and without
any smidgeon left not understood." For example, Steve Wozniak, and
ONLY Steve Wozniak, groks the Apple ][ Computer. It was a direct
metempsychosis (oh, no! here we go again) of Woz's ideas about
computer design into das Unding, das Meisterwerk of the Apple Two.
"Grok" is a guruvy word of the 1980's and 1990's, because people
love to correct anyone who uses the word "grok" in any way that
indicates anything less than total understanding. Alles klar?
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