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I use gist as an intrasitive verb, and a "gister" as one who gists? Are these fabications or is the present defintion incomplete?


the present etymology doesnt make any sense. there needs to be an explanation of how it goes from "lying down" in old french to "fundamental idea" in english. it would make much more sense if the word came from the german Geist for "spirit".

See Online Etymology Dictionary. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 02:51, 19 October 2016 (UTC)