The Daily Grind

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What is the daily grind?

It is something you must do

every day

day after day

day in

day out

every day of the year

repetitive

tedious

boring

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The phrase ‘the daily grind’ has origins in Anglo-Saxon England after the fall of the Roman Empire.

It refers to the grinding and crushing of grains to produce flour, to make the daily bread.

Bread was the staple food of Roman and later Anglo-Saxon society.

Without the ‘daily grind’, there was no flour.  No flour, no bread.

No bread meant hunger.

Old Grindstone - Melbourne, Derbyshire

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Metaphorically speaking it means work.

When you grind something, little bits wear off.

Gradually.

Bit by bit, tiny amounts wear away.

Yet over a long time a lot is worn.

The ‘daily grind’ metaphor can be used two contrasting ways:

___

Hard work grinds away your energy, your enthusiasm.

Grinding away hours, months or even years.

___

Keep grinding away at your tasks, and you will gradually reach your goal.

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Many related meanings, but all dealing with a subsistence strategy – a means to survive .

I’d like to get back to coffee on that thought.

Have you ever placed much thought on the coffee you drink?

Where does it come from?

Who grew it?

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Does it matter?

I’ll let you decide.

every day

day after day

day in

day out

every day of the year

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8 thoughts on “The Daily Grind

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