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(Belated) Saturday & Sunday Words: Combobulate & Gruntled

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com·bob·u·late [kuhm-bob-yuh-leyt]:
origin: (1825-35) from discombobulate, an Americanism or fanciful alteration of discompose/discomfort.

There are those that will tell you that this is not actually a word because discombobulate was a word spontaneously invented in America about a hundred years ago (although it resembles the Italian scombussolato, which means "a person without a functioning compass") and it was meant playfully then. However, if you're feeling rebellious, and would like to put this jocular back-formation of a lackadaisically invented word into use, why not discombombulate the English language a little further with one of these suggested definitions:

1. To bring order out of a state of chaos or removed from a state of confusion.
2. (slang) To get your act and/or belongings together.
3. Exacting a great deal of time & thought on a matter.

grun·tled [ˈgrəntld/]:
origin: (before 900) frequentative of grunt; German grunzen; Latin grunnīre

To be content or pleased with the way things are.

"..were gruntled with a good meal and good conversation" — W. P. Webb
"I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled." — P. G. Wodehouse

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Tags: adjective, c, g, slang, theme: invented, unknown etymology, verb, wordsmith: theidolhands

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