A cursory Christmas tale of a reviled parsimonious old man who recanted

While not helping any of the children with their homework this week, I realized that I was pretty lost on most of the words in their vocabulary list.

And while I was definitely not helping them, I looked up several of the definitions and found that many of them seemed to fit with a familiar story. So, in order to help improve my vocabulary and hopefully get an A on some English homework, I present to you this classic Christmas story filled with the words in bold from two recent high school vocabulary lists.

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The disconnect over dis: It’s great to be gruntled, but bad to be cussed

If you’ve ever felt disgruntled, have you also felt gruntled?

It turns out that you probably have.

“Gruntle,” much to my gruntlement, is actually a word that means, “to put in a good humor,” according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary and “happy or contented,” according to Dictionary.com.

Looking around the internet thing, there are several websites that attempt to explain the long history of gruntled and disgruntled, but frankly I can’t follow along without getting distracted. But if I could follow along, would that mean I was tracted?Read More »

The confusion over events being ‘pushed back’ or ‘moved up’ and a few solutions

If a meeting is “pushed back” or “moved up” in time, what exactly does that mean?

I have had this conversation with several people recently who did not understand what I meant when I used these phrases.

Normally, I would just automatically assume that they were wrong and I was correct, but this time I thought I should take their opinions into consideration and study the issue further before deciding they are wrong.

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