Re: Josh Willingham disgruntled
Originally Posted by BCubb2003
Technically, "gruntle" means to complain, or grunt like a pig. Dis- in this case is not an opposite but an intensifier. "Disgruntled" means complaining like a pig, only more so. That meaning comes from the 16th century, but it was lost for many years. In the 1920s, P. G. Wodehouse used "gruntled" as the opposite of "disgruntled." He treated it as a backformation, like "burgled."
Maybe if Willingham came to the Reds, he would be degruntled ... but more likely ubergruntled.
That's good to know. Maybe if we can get him down to "gruntled" we can turn him "ungruntled" or even "degruntle" him.
"Bring on Rod Stupid!"