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‘Grooting’ has entered the lexicon


The 40-second scene from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy depicting a Baby Groot dancing to Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” is so adorable that it’s taken root in our hearts, leading to countless works of fan art, and the creation of little potted replicas, both official and … not.

But it also has introduced the world to a new word: grooting.

What’s grooting, you ask? Mutant 101 defines it as (ahem) a verb meaning, “to move tree-rhythmically to the Jackson 5,” as in “his arms grooted like branches in the wind”; or to “move in a quick and lively way.” Yes, tree-rhythmically. Urban Dictionary offers up “The act of spreading ones legs and bending the knees while slowly waving the arms to resemble baby Groot.” (I prefer the Mutant 101 definition; however, I maintain “grooted” sounds slightly obscene.)

If you require a demonstration, you need look no further than Guardians of the Galaxy, or the reenactment performed over the weekend at Wizard World Comic Con by stars Dave Bautista, reprising his role as Drax, and Michael Rooker, stepping into an enormous trashcan to play Baby Groot. (As this subsequent video shows, a laundry basket also works.) Rooker appears to have coined “grooting” himself during his convention appearance, a tidbit that should make work a little easier for Merriam-Webster editors when they get around to enshrining the word in the word in their dictionary.

Guardians director James Gunn, who created those tree-rhythmic moves, already used “grooting” on Facebook, and the term has proliferated as a hashtag on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and the latter’s imitators. And then this morning it appeared, in a slightly altered form, in the headline for Hypable’s Wizard World Chicago report, which acknowledged (with implied perplexity) that “‘Groot-ing’ is a thing.”

Indeed it is, although we may have to wait for Merriam-Webster to weigh on whether it’s with a hyphen or without.

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What is this world we live in? Five years ago, an “I am Groot” joke would go over the heads of most comics fans. Now you make one, and even people outside the nerd community not only get it, but would follow up by making a Drax reference about my last sentence.

As a long time Guardians fan, it’s an awesome world, Greg.

We won, that’s what it means. ;)

Nothing ever makes it over my head.


It’ll have as many legs as Groot does in that flower pot.

I hate humanity in its current form.

@ Vizator
Out of all things to hate on you choose this. You sir are just cynical, ignorant, or just plain silly. Maybe all three but at least one.

I for one found this to be the most enjoyable part of the movie.

Well, I’ll be grooted. LOL I get that slightly obscene thought. Worked with enough Aussies and Kiwis that grooting could mean something else.

If you think about it, it was only a matter of time. But Grooting should be mocking someone behind their back by dancing uncontrollably, then stopping when they turn around to look at you. Now everyone cans use it.

Just now this is going to be a viral thing hashtag “grooting” with a bunch of videos with people dancing behind people and when they turn around they will stop dancing.

@HempKnight757 owe, you’ve offended me, oh wait, no you haven’t, I STILL hate humanity in its current form and eagerly await your imminent demise… with a smile. How’s that?

What’s funny, Vizator, is that people like you are, in fact, the reason why humanity has problems. You spread negativity for no useful purpose. Try being the kind of human that you want people to be.

Just another trend that will come and go. No cause for alarm, gentlemen.

Between this and the “Hail Hydra” trend with Captain America, Marvel is really hitting its stride with permeating the pop culture conciousness. They really did an excellent job resonating with the nerd community.

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