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  1. Great-full « Blue Dog:

    […] Earnest Weekley, grateful is a “most unusual formation,” a true anomaly. The Word Detective adds that the formation of the word grateful is “just more evidence that English (or any […]

  2. Nadine Gammon:

    What about the noun grate and the verb to grate? Is there a connection between grate (the thing on the bbq or in the fireplace), grate (to reduce something — cheese, for instance — to small bits by rubbing or scraping), and grateful / gratitude / grace?

  3. meh:

    It did say…
    First appearing in English in the 16th century, “grateful” is based on the now obsolete adjective “grate,” which meant “pleasing, agreeable” as well as “thankful.” This “grate,” incidentally, came from the Latin word “gratus,” also meaning both “pleasing” and “thankful,” and the source of such English words as “gratitude,” “congratulations” and “gratuity.”

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