But grinder enthusiasts like Phil Ramos, owner of Terrace Bakery in New London, are well aware of the grinder's genesis, which they say is a distinctly New London story.
"The grinder word was originally from New London," Ramos said inside his Jefferson Avenue bakery and grinder shop recently.
The meaning behind the actual word is simple.
"Because when you bite it, this is what you do," Ramos said mashing his teeth. "You grind it."
--"Grinder is King Festival", The Day, 9/15/12
But do you know what grinders mean to me?
That's right: Luncheon.
And I love luncheon.
And this past Saturday was the Grinder Is King Festival in New London.
Talk about a festival I can get behind.
First, you gotta get there:
Look! Down here!
Can you believe it? Grinder Fest!
The world's best summer lunch.
The peeps were working it, just for us.
Oh, that grinder love.
And Mistah Schleckah agrees.
Um, it's Grinder Fest? Grinder is King? Everyone in town is here? Duh?
New London? Awesome for many many reasons. Including being home of the Grinder.
Rock On, New London.