MEANING: noun: A meek and patient woman.

ETYMOLOGY: After Griselda, a woman in various medieval tales, who suffers without ever complaining as her husband puts her through various tests. The name Griselda is from Germanic roots meaning “gray battle-maid”. Talk about misnaming your character (see below)! Earliest documented use: 14th century.

GRISELLA - what they called Cinderella after she turned grey

URISELDA - the first-born of the author's two children

GURISEL? DA! - Is that the Russian company that makes batteries?