Hapless and Gruntled
If appear is the opposite of disappear
then it only makes good sense
that gruntle is the opposite of disgruntle
and gruntling the method whence
one would smooth the feathers
of someone’s disgruntlement.
We may be on to something here,
so for the sake of argument
let’s look at words that start with non
and mean the opposite of their root,
like nonviolent and violent,
should all words follow suit?
It may seem cut and dried but if
we continue in this vein,
disclosure’s the opposite of closure
and nondisclosure’s the opposite again.
And if a misstep is a failed step
it might seem apropos
that a mischief is a failed chief
(what he failed in I don’t know).
And if being a malcontent
Is being content’s opposite
then malignant’s the opposite of ignant,
therefore, ergo, to wit.
I love the English language but
my ignant’s nearly spent
and nondisclosing into