It’s been a full week of doing the Challenge. How are you holding up?
Anyway, today we’re looking at grit. It comes from the Old English greot, which means earth or sand, the Proto Germanic greutan, tiny particles of crushed rock, and the Proto Indo European ghreu, rub or grind. Grits, like you’d eat, is of course related, although it has a slightly different history. It comes from the Old English grytt, bran, and the Proto Germanic grutja, which comes from greutan. I guess they took the word for crushed grain from the word for pieces of crushed rock, which makes sense. For once.
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English