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The winner for word of the year goes to... "grok"! I absolutely love this word. There is a whole wiki article on it. A succinct description is

"When you claim to ‘grok’ some knowledge or technique, you are asserting that you have not merely learned it in a detached instrumental way but that it has become part of you, part of your identity."

I'm not sure about the identity part. Maybe someone could grok something without affecting their identity. From the use of the word elsewhere I feel like what people are after is when someone really internalizes something. They understand it through and through.

Anyway, I heard the word for first time while watching the Keith Devlin authors@google talk. A questioner from the audience asked why intelligent and educated people just cannot grok the idea of probability. Good question.