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If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.

Etymology: From the Old English word grēot meaning dust, earth or gravel.

Meaning: To have grit means to have courage and resolve, strength of character, pluck, mettle. It’s a word that feels onomatopoeic: It embodies itself, roundly and confidently; say it out loud and you will feel grittier.

  • Words:
    Ellie Violet Bramley
  • Photograph:
    Imagno/Getty Images

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  • Words:
    Ellie Violet Bramley
  • Photograph:
    Imagno/Getty Images
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