Are your team gruntled?

It’s a question worth asking. It – originally – came about because of a news item earlier in the week saying that a significant data breech was caused by a disgruntled employee. Which got me thinking. What’s the opposite of disgruntled? And the only answer can be gruntled, can’t it?

And it DOES (surprisingly?) exist in Chambers Dictionary.

Must say I wasn’t expecting that…

And Oxford Dictionaries have some lovely quotations:

  • ‘Some of those currently disgruntled may never get gruntled.’
  • ‘And as much as I wanted her to be a disgruntled employee, eager to dish the dirt, she was surprisingly gruntled.’
  • ‘Sources in the banking industry have leaked the following letter to us, reportedly sent to a bank in the United States by a client who was, in the words of the poet, if not disgruntled, then certainly far from gruntled.’
  • ‘It has been a few years since I had them around so I’m deeply gruntled to have them back.’
  • ‘He spoke with a certain what-is-it in his voice, and I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.’

Teach me to be quite so clever won’t it?

Both report that it is a back formation from disgruntled so the presumption is that disgruntled came first.

Which leads to the circular argument of what was it the opposite of when the opposite came AFTER.

And why there isn’t a regruntled! And actually there is – just Google it…

I do so need emojis. Hand on chin face.

Which led to me wondering what other English words don’t have an opposite (or one in common usage anyway).

(I really need to get out more)

The late Terry Pratchett used to refer to the Guild of Assassins in Discworld inhuming people. Certainly get that idea.

And following on from (dis)gruntled we could all become mayed – which, apparently, is a valid Scrabble word!

And what about whelmed?

Which, I am surprised to find, is IN the WordPress spellchecker. Which is just sooooooo random, considering the number of pretty “normal” words that AREN’T… And I’m not even including the (proper) English English spellings that it only has the US versions of.

I can certainly remember being overwhelmed (meetings, yesterday for instance – nine hours in total) and underwhelmed (the WordPress spellchecker if nothing else) but have we got a word for the place in between? Neither under not over? And what does it realistically mean?

And finally for this thread, I’ve unravelled things (only the US version in the spellchecker) but never – consciously – ravelled (or US raveled – oddly also included).

Maybe it’s just me?

Unsurprisingly I’ve been technologied again.

Microsoft (definition – what my brain feels like too much of the time) wanted my computer updated and rebooted two nights ago.

Then those updates called up another one which got updated LAST night.

Then THAT update pulled up another one for tonight.

But then Apple updated itself this morning – and wanted to reboot – and just before lunch the final straw…

One of my programmes has acquired the habit of kicking me out of one module when I want to use another – which it’s not supposed to do – this happens (generally) when the Citrix module gets confused after t’internet cuts out or the computer reboots unexpectedly.

Today I NEEDED two modules to be open at the same time otherwise it would have taken forever to keep flipping from one to the other at which point you FINALLY decide you must do the repair.

The procedure involves uninstalling the programme, rebooting (see – common thread emerging) and reinstalling the module.

At which point bow to the inevitable (hmm, is there an evitable or an unevitable?), grit your teeth and go through the restart sequence,

25 minutes to do the work, 55 minutes to do the repair. Run that by me again?

And THEN the operating system wanted to run ANOTHER update tonight!

Which, when I saw it was trying to do the Windows 10 update it’s been told NOT to do because of driver issues, nearly led to a computer out of (physical) windows problem. Bulging eyes face.

Luckily I got it to look for updates again and it’s decided it doesn’t need to do anything tonight.

Which – under normal circumstances – would save me half an hour in the morning but it’s monthly Friday off so it makes no difference whatsoever.

But still.

Chambers dictionary

Not quite the right page but good enough


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I've been a Chartered Accountant since 1981 and I set up Avenue Business Services (ABS) in 2002. Alongside that business I am also ‘The Outsourced Finance Director’, assisting with strategic planning and wealth management to give business owners peace of mind and greater financial security.

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