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Wally Bock

I think I love "eptitude" even more than "gruntled." Time will tell. The chant I try to start in supervision classes is "taking notes shows that you're serioius."

Lindsey Thomas Martin

The point of the post is well taken and well put but a comment on the neologisms, though I appreciate and approve their rhetorical intent. 'Ept' and 'eptitude' are doublets of 'apt' and 'aptitude'; in English (and other languages) placing 'in-' before 'a' tends to produce a vowel shift, hence 'inept'. 'Minish' and its ancestors are and have been negative in English, Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit for millenia (though cf. use by programmers of 'flate' rather than 'deflate' as contrary of 'inflate'). 'Gruntle', as pointed out in a comment to an earlier post, is an old frequentive of 'grunt' but it has been out of currency for so long that the use of 'gruntled' as the contrary of 'disgruntled' will probably stick.


Not at my job. I write all the incidents of harassment down, *per management and eeo counselor instructions*, and their response is, "he says he didn't." God, they all need to suffer the same behavior themselves and get some bloody empathy!


P.S. I'm going through your blog & book because things are so weird at work, and so I'll probably reference it a lot in comments. But in case anyone's wondering, yes, I've retained counsel. It's that bad.

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