I don't grok the word grok

I don't grok why people (mainly from the US) seem to be so excited about the word grok. It's supposed to convey a deep, intuitive understanding, but when I hear it used in conversation it really doesn't work. I find it jarring and have to actually stop and thing about what the word means. I really don't grok, grok. So could you all please stop it and use a word like “understand”, which everyone understands?

Thanks :)

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I guess you really need to be a sci-fi fan to get the word grok. It comes from the Heinlein book Stranger In a Strange Land, which is a must read for any developer/geek/nerd.
Left by Don Demsak on Oct 11, 2005 11:00 AM

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I am a sci-fi fan and I have read the book, I just don't think the word "works" in everyday English. I don't mind it used in the context of something like "groktalk". But I have heard people use the verb "grok" in podcasts instead of saying "understand" and I don't see why.
Left by Darren Gosbell on Oct 11, 2005 11:24 AM

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