Color Me Gruntled

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?

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