Words: grist, n. and v.
Friday 04 June 1999
It might not seem strange that in Anglo-Saxon times it should also have meant the grinding of teeth, but, for all the similarity of action between mouth and mill, it is probable that the former derives from the German (in which it also means a peevish person), and survived in that sense in Wiltshire until the last century.
That it should also be a size of yarn might seem less obvious, but that is derived from gird.
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