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  1. david:

    Dear Word Detective,

    I remember in the second grade, 1968-1969 my teacher gave an acronym for the word “Groovy”. I have tried to remember what it was but cannot. Do you happen to know if this was true and if so what it was?

    Thanks and God bless

  2. Simon Maynard:

    For the record, I encountered an earlier use of the word “Groovy” in a story by Rudyard Kipling entitled “The House Surgeon” from 1909. Here is the sentence in which it is used:

    “She’d give anything to be able to believe it, but she’s a hard woman, and brooding along certain lines makes one groovy.”

    Apparently used in quite a different way than it is these days.

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