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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
What on earth is a "vaganza?" And why do I need "extra" of it?

What can I do to make sure all my employees are "gruntled?"
post #2 of 9
I once had a lengthy debate with a boss over my use of the word "extraordinary," which he insisted meant really, really ordinary.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Most people forget that "extra" also means "outside of."
post #4 of 9
I had wondered about the "gruntled" thing, too.
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by krazy kat2 View Post
I had wondered about the "gruntled" thing, too.
reminded me of an Ogden Nash poem, quoted here in part...
I dreamt that my hair was kempt
and that my true love unkempt it.


post #6 of 9
And what about 'disgruntled?'
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by DeeDeeMay View Post
And what about 'disgruntled?'
I just checked around, and it appears that it's derived from grumble and grunt, both of which are (in at least some meanings) sounds of disapproval and dissatisfaction.

What I can't figure out is the "dis," which would seem to suggest that the state of dissatisfaction expressed by "gruntled" has been alleviated...
post #8 of 9
Right! How is one gruntled, and then become disgruntled? My spellchecker says gruntled is not a correctly spelled word, but disgruntled is. I don't understand.
post #9 of 9
My pet peeve is when persons say, "very unique." Unique is defined as one of a kind or without equal. How can you be very one of a kind or very without equal?
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