1: sand, gravel b : a hard sharp granule (as of sand); also : material (as many abrasives) composed of such granules2: any of several sandstones3: the structure of a stone that adapts it to grinding4: firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger
- And some great synonyms:
- intestinal fortitude: My favorite as you’ll soon see….
- pluck, and
Grit is also a new buzzword in Education. Seems kids who have the tenacity to stick with challenging assignments are “gritty,” and this quality is a better predictor of future success than standardized tests. Gee, sounds to me like the old chestnut, “Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”
Then I found a great new word, gastrolith. A gastrolith is a gizzard stone found in the digestive track of some birds that helps break down hard foods to assist in their digestion. After time the gastroliths are polished smooth by the their work and are either excreted or regurgitated. In some ways this blog is like a grastrolith — allowing the writer to polish and refine these words until they are smooth and easy for the reader to digest. Yummmmmmm!