On being Greatful

No, I didn't make a spelling error ...

Here's the thing guys ...

Do you want to be full of greatness, or full of grate, that is, reduced to shreds.

Greatful or Grateful.

Same letters, different order.

In situations like this, I like to zoom in on the etymology of words like gratitude, which of course, is the noun version of the adjective, grateful.

The Latin root is gratus, meaning pleasing, thankful.

Other words with this root are gracias, grace, gracious, ingrate.

So I looked up the etymology of grace, to see how different it is from the etymology of grateful.

grace (n.)
late 12c., "God's unmerited favor, love, or help," from Old French grace "pardon, divine grace, mercy; favor, thanks; elegance, virtue" (12c., Modern French grâce), from Latin gratia "favor, esteem, regard; pleasing quality, good will, gratitude" (source of Italian grazia, Spanish gracia; in Church use translating Greek kharisma), from gratus "pleasing, agreeable," from PIE *gwreto-, suffixed form of root *gwere- (2) "to favor."

So, gratus and gratia are given as the roots for gratitude and grace, respectively. But the second investigation, into grace, showed an expanded version.

Go that bit deeper.

Now, what's the point of all this?

It's about associations we make at the subconscious level.


We should probably look at the etymology of the word grate, as in what this imaged object does.

By the way, words like grate and great are homonyms ... words that sound alike but have different meanings.

Anyway, here's what I found.

grate (v.)
"to scrape, rub," late 14c. (implied in grated), from Old French grater "to scrape, scratch (out or off); erase; destroy, pull down" (Modern French gratter), from Frankish *kratton, from Proto-Germanic *krattojan (source also of Old High German krazzon "to scratch, scrape," German kratzen "to scratch," Swedish kratta, Danish kratte "to rake, scrape"), probably of imitative origin. Senses of "sound harshly," and "annoy" are mid-16c. Italian grattare also is from Germanic. Related: Grated; grating.

You might think this doesn't matter, that these, and other, conflicting homonyms exist. This is how magic is hidden in plain sight.

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