Discussing the email trespass to chattels case Intel v Hamidi, a student described Hamidi as Intel’s disgruntled former employee. I noted that I’d never heard anyone described as a “gruntled employee,” or a gruntled anything. A few hours later I received this email:
To Professor Randall,
Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see if “gruntled” was a word after the discussion about Hamidi and being a former disgruntled employee.
Gruntle1- cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
Gruntle2- to grunt; to grunt repeatedly
1 gruntle. Dictionary.com. WordNet® 2.1. Princeton University. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gruntle (accessed: February 22, 2007).
2 gruntle. Dictionary.com. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary. MICRA, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gruntle (accessed: February 22, 2007).
Unfortunately, the word was not available on Wikipedia. On a side note, the first result for disgruntled was “Disgruntled Postal Worker.”
Isn’t this great?