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#1415599 - 06/03/09 03:53 PM How did the term GROM/GROMMET originate?
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Anyone know how & when this word/term was originated? It's flat and I aint got no cougars...bear with me on this one..

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#1415600 - 06/03/09 04:35 PM Re: How did the term GROM/GROMMET originate? [Re: shackwell]
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No sure, but it morphed at some point 'cause it was "gremmie" or "grem" in the '60's



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#1415601 - 06/03/09 04:51 PM Re: How did the term GROM/GROMMET originate? [Re: rocklobster]
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and didn't gremmie come from gremlin? Definition for that (in its earliest form):
192530; of obscure orig; in its earliest attested use, an RAF term for a low-ranking officer or enlisted man assigned the most onerous duties
Sounds pretty spot on to me.
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#1415602 - 06/03/09 04:56 PM Re: How did the term GROM/GROMMET originate? [Re: rocklobster]
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it morphed at some point 'cause it was "gremmie" or "grem" in the '60's




good point. I think grOm instead of grEm was an Aussie thing?

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#1415604 - 06/03/09 06:12 PM Re: How did the term GROM/GROMMET originate? [Re: ]
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I believe that "grommet" is Australian slang.
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#1415605 - 06/03/09 06:29 PM Re: How did the term GROM/GROMMET originate? [Re: pranaglider]
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I believe that "grommet" is Australian slang.




hey man don't u have a blog to post and spam?

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#1415607 - 06/03/09 07:49 PM Re: How did the term GROM/GROMMET originate? [Re: pranaglider]
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I believe that "grommet" is Australian slang.




There is a reason I never use the term ~ years ago Surfing mag taught us it means immature female genitalia

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#1415608 - 06/03/09 07:50 PM Re: How did the term GROM/GROMMET originate? [Re: ]
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I prefer the term "little rat bastards".



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#1415609 - 06/04/09 11:49 AM Re: How did the term GROM/GROMMET originate? [Re: JJR]
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The term grommet was invented by Lyndon "the artful dodger" Johnson in 1968, just after the Tet offensive. While kicking back in San Clemente at the future Nixon estate, he came upon a pair of blue OP shorts on the beach, (where they came from remains a mystery though there was a CIA theory that they may have been Mike Purpus's). The President marveled at the fine workmanship of the shorts and asked a grunt what the tiny little metal circle was at the bottom of the back pocket. The grunt, who was a San Clemente surfer (he chose the marines over prison), said, "Mr. President, that is called a grommet, it allows water to run out of the pocket so your shorts don't fall down." His reply was, "ingenious" and the grunt, who went on to open a successful head shop in Ocean Beach, took the term and applied it to the little surfer kids who'd come and try to buy rolling papers.
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