The old word for this Friday is groke. I was inspired to choose this word when I travelled to a cat cafe the other day. When I was drinking my Purrr-fect Smoothie one of the cats, a little black cat with white on its chest named Barbi, sat at my feet looking up at me with its big yellow eyes groking.
Groke is a Old Scottish word that describes someone or something staring at you while you eat in hopes that you give them some food. Dogs are very good at groking but this was my first time seeing a cat groke.
Now, this word is not to be confused with the word grok – created/ coined by the Sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein. To grok is to understand something or someone through empathy or to show empathy to establish a relationship. You can probably see how these two words can be confused… and often are when you want to use the word groke instead of grok. Thanks Auto Correct. 🙂
English is weird…