Re: virus: Does the term "grok" means anything to you?
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 23:58:08 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 17 Oct 1996, Wade T. Smith wrote:

> >Who's familiar with the verb "grok", introduced by R.A. Heinlein on his
> >novel "Stranger in a Strange Land"?
> >I think it will make some of my (our?) points a bit more understandable.
> >Any responses?
> >
> >Lior.
> Highly familiar.
> However, the whole concept of 'grok' may well be some high plateau Heinlein
> barely supplied the map to....
> It was kind of a holistic 'to know', and wonderful to use during the hippy
> days... especially in the carnal sense....
> Might be a good word to bandy about for awhile though.

I'll need to look at that more closely. Ideally, my science fantasy
would have at least one alien word that just wouldn't translate well into
human for the Iskandran Badgers. "zaimoni" is too simple: it's easy to
understand that a mythohistorical being could have power on the scale of
the Greek gods, but kill any Badger that successfully worships them
ONCE. In a highly unnatural fashion.

"The worshiper's ALREADY damned! Better not let him take anyone else
with himself."

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd