I really like words, in any language, and there are so many cool ones that deserve more love. So I’m starting a weekly series called New Word Wednesday, where I explore the fun and creative words I find in the world.
The first new word is “gruntled”:
- pleased, satisfied, and contented
Origin: back-formation from disgruntled, first known use 1926
Well this is just fun. Saying “I’m very gruntled to have found this word” puts to mind an image of a really happy pig in a mud bath, grunting as he settles in. I’m amused that disgruntled came first, too. It’s like the joke I’ve seen about how one can be overwhelmed, or underwhelmed, but never simply whelmed…
Enjoy your new word!