Spiked August 26, 2015
A man shot and killed two members of a WDBJ television crew in Roanoke, Virginia, during a live interview. The gunman, who later shot and killed himself, was described as a "disgruntled former employee" of the station. As more information about the gunman has been revealed, people on social media and elsewhere have wondered if disgruntled is too mild a word to describe the killer, and a host of follow-up stories about what makes employees disgruntled have appeared.
The verb disgruntle means "to make ill-humored or discontented," and is most often used in the form disgruntled as an adjective. The earliest meaning of the word was "to grumble," and it comes ultimately from the Middle English verb grunten, meaning "to grunt."