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    girding for gridlock...?

    Salaam,
    Dear teachers, readers,

    What is meant by "girding for gridlock is a teeth-grinding daily ritual", and particularly "girding for gridlock" please?
    Does it refer to struggling to escape from a traffic jam of something?

    The text is about Traffic Engineering and begins likes this: For millions of Americans, girding for gridlock is a teeth-grinding daily ritual. And with more cars on the road every day, engineers and other professionals trained to reduce traffic congestion are finding plenty of job opportunities...

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: girding for gridlock...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Hsn View Post
    Salaam,
    Dear teachers, readers,

    What is meant by "girding for gridlock is a teeth-grinding daily ritual", and particularly "girding for gridlock" please?
    Does it refer to struggling to escape from a traffic jam of something?

    The text is about Traffic Engineering and begins likes this: For millions of Americans, girding for gridlock is a teeth-grinding daily ritual. And with more cars on the road every day, engineers and other professionals trained to reduce traffic congestion are finding plenty of job opportunities...

    Thanks in advance
    It refers to the feeling that someone has when he/she is stuck in traffic on a daily basis.

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    Re: girding for gridlock...?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It refers to the feeling that someone has when he/she is stuck in traffic on a daily basis.
    Dear Mike,
    Thanks for the help. "Teeth-grinding" is the feel of anger, to be fed up, right?

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    Re: girding for gridlock...?

    And 'gird' is a fairly rare verb. It's more frequently seen as a noun - both 'girdle' and 'girth' are related*. Preparing for battle used to be called 'girding up your loins'. look here (the loins being the most vulnerable part of the body). Of course, commuters don't wear a special girdle, but that's where the word comes from.


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    * PS And probably girder too, but that's not so obviously related by the sense of encircling.
    Last edited by BobK; 07-Feb-2014 at 16:00. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: girding for gridlock...?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And 'gird' is a fairly rare verb. It's more frequently seen as a noun - both 'girdle' and 'girth' are related*. Preparing for battle used to be called 'girding up your loins'. look here (the loins being the most vulnerable part of the body). Of course, commuters don't wear a special girdle, but that's where the word comes from.


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    * PS And probably girder too, but that's not so obviously related by the sense of encircling.
    Thanks for the reply, Bobk.
    So, considering your explanation as well as Mike's, I derived such a meaning from the phrase above: angrily struggling with the traffic is the routine and daily job of millions of American people. Is that correct?

    Thank you.

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    Re: girding for gridlock...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Hsn View Post
    Dear Mike,
    Thanks for the help. "Teeth-grinding" is the feel of anger, to be fed up, right?
    Right.

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    Re: girding for gridlock...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Hsn View Post
    Thanks for the reply, Bobk.
    So, considering your explanation as well as Mike's, I derived such a meaning from the phrase above: angrily struggling with the traffic is the routine and daily job of millions of American people. Is that correct?
    You're close, but it actually refers to getting mentally prepared to struggle with the traffic IMO.

    PS The reason your post didn't appear is that it contained a link. New members who post links will have to wait a bit until the post is approved before it appears on the forum. It's a way of reducing spam and advertising. After you've posted a few times, it will stop.

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