In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros


Who's Good at Small Talk

The Key Root for this column: None

Minor roots: Greek gru: "grunt." Latin, rumen: "throat."

Words and Phrases List

grouse, ruminate, chew the fat, chew on that, sound bite

Thoughts for Today

  1. What are the pros and cons of sound bites?
  2. Why is it important to ruminate on things before you act?
  3. The title of the column is a pun. What is it that the author is punning? Any deeper meaning behind the phrase?
  4. Is there a connection between people grousing about something and also grunting?
  5. What do you tend to grouse most about?