Interested in Language
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
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.
* 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 15:00. Reason: Added PS
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