A pejorative term for a Slovenian-American. From
the German word Krainer, a person from
Krain, the German name for the Austro-Hungarian province of Carniola
Slovenia. Prevalent in the Great Lakes
region, the Midwest and Appalachia. Variations include griner
(GRY-ner), krainer (KRY-ner) and granish (GRAN-ish), from
Krainische, meaning Carniolan. Granish is specific to western Pennsylvania.
Bridget married some grinder from Collinwood.