There are some words that stand out to me more than others ’cause they just strike me in a funny way. Today, for example, I read an article where someone was described as “disgruntled.”
That seems like a weird word to me. Usually when you put dis- in front of a word it means the opposite of the root word. The word disassembled, for instance, means it is not assembled. Disrespected is not respected.
So what the heck is disgruntled?
If you’re unhappy with your job you can be described as disgruntled. You hear that phrase a lot- “a disgruntled employee.” So if you like your job you must- by reason- be gruntled.
Who the heck is gruntled? When someone stops you to ask how you are, do you ever say “Very gruntled, thank you”?
Is gruntled even a word at all? I looked it up. Surprisingly it is.
It means just what you’d think. Someone who’s content.
What’s interesting, though, is the dictionary describes the word as having been recently invented so that the word disgruntled makes sense.
So how the heck did the word disgruntled get there in the first place? It’s bizarre. How could this happen?
These English quirks leave me very disgruntled, though I don’t ever recall feeling gruntled to begin with.