Gruntled – New Word of the Day

I’ve gotten plenty of humorous feedback on my post about abolishing the words traction, space, and thrilling from my vocabulary.  Someone asked why I was so mean to words – although this was someone who prefaces each major point he makes with “to tell you the truth” (no, please don’t tell me the truth – lie to me.)

The best note so far was from Ryan Sabga, the CEO of who donated a really cool scooter to the Boulder Philharmonic Fundraiser we had on Saturday.  He said:

Why not try and introduce a new word to the VC world? I have yet to hear someone mentioned how “gruntled” they are, as in, “great work negotiating that contract, Saunders. I’m positively gruntled.” Sure, I hear “disgruntled” just about every day but what about it’s shorter, stockier antonym? That guy gets ignored more than the high school quarterback at a Back Street Boys back stage party. I think that perhaps you have a higher purpose, and that’s to introduce the world to your buddy “gruntled.”

I’m definitely gruntled by this – thanks Ryan!

  • And if somebody pokes fun at you in a friendly manner, are you dissed gruntled?

    — Jack Krupansky

  • Matt Cutler

    In a similar vein, how about ‘whelmed’? As in, “just ok” or “I wasn’t overwhelmed or underwhelmed, just whelmed.” In my experience, the term has slightly negative connotations, like ‘so-so’: “I was really hoping to be impressed, but I wasn’t. At the same time, there wasn’t much that really offended me. So I guess I was whelmed by that presentation.”

    The term has been is use for a while among my circle, though I am not sure how widespread it is. A quick Google search shows that ‘whelmd’ is both in use and in the dictionary. Much to my surprise, the same is true of ‘gruntled’.

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