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  • To feign an illness.

    April 4, 2008

  • /ee GROAT/ v · To feign sickness in order to avoid work.

    August 7, 2008

  • Not a genuine word. Given in Bailey's dictionary (1721-61), and egroting "feigned illness" in other 18th-century lists, but no actual uses are known to the OED.

    From Latin aegrot- "be ill" from aeger "ill". Universities may allow an aegrotat "sick note".

    August 7, 2008

  • Well we'll have to do something about that. After all, it's the kind of word that's probably even more useful in the 21st century than it would have been in the 18th. So if enough people start using it, and using it in print, it's only a matter of time… (as Andrew Clements makes evident in his delightful children's book Frindle).

    August 8, 2008

  • Frindley, there's something in the way you write, I know the author is you after reading the first few words. (And I mean the words after "3 minutes ago frindley said:")

    August 8, 2008

  • Can this be tested? Do you think John would turn off the time-and-name stamps for 48 hours…

    Not that I want to dispute your claim. A distinct style is something to be nurtured and cherished.

    August 8, 2008

  • Now that would be a hard "Identify the Wordie" game!

    August 8, 2008

  • There's a verb "to frindle"?

    August 8, 2008

  • *ears twitching*

    I'll have a think about it.

    August 8, 2008

  • JM proposes the implementation of egrote leave for those who don’t need to take sickies

    March 14, 2009

  • See also malinger.

    April 5, 2010

  • technically it's to 'call in sick to work'

    December 24, 2012

  • egrote == verb : to feign illness to avoid work or school

    August 2, 2018