Positively lost of disgruntled

Disgruntled, like unkempt, discombobulate, and nondescript, is a part of a category of words with a “lost positive” – “one of those interesting negatives without a corresponding positive word” (Garner’s 806). This fact has led to discussions in print and online about whether gruntled is a word. In 1999, William Safire asked in his NY …

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