The title grump is a pun on the name of the Indian political figure, Jawaharlal Nehru, and the moniker grumpish is often used to describe someone who is uncharismatic, disloyal, or uncooperative.
The term grump may have originated in a derogatory way.
In the 18th century, the English-speaking writer and satirist Henry Hobhouse used the term in a play, The Riddle of the Grump.
During the 19th century the term grumpy was used to refer to an unfriendly, unco-operative person, and it became more common in the 20th century.
In his book The Grump: A Dictionary of American Grumpiness, historian James A. Brownlow writes: The grump was a character whose behaviour was often contemptuous, disagreeable, insipid, or self-satisfied, and whose sole purpose was to annoy the reader or reader’s companions.
Brownlow cites a famous example in a speech by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
He said, ‘A grump, or a grump in the sense of a grumbly person, was one who could not keep his mouth shut or could not bear to speak.
His behaviour was insipidity and insubordination.
His wit was not always clear or concise.
He was seldom self-confident or self‑possessed.
The character he was speaking of was not a grumpy person, he said, but a grumble.’
In another famous expression, he used the word to describe a person who is a grudge-monger.
He said, A grump had a great dislike of the public and would not speak in a public way.
It is clear that in the 19 and 20th centuries the term was used in a very derogatory sense.
But what is the true meaning of grump?
The term was coined by the American philosopher and writer William James in his book Essays on Grumps, in 1776.
In it he wrote: The person who was the grumpy or grumpiest of mankind, was the greatest of the worst of mankind.
This is what he who is the grumbest of mankind is.
In modern times, the term has become synonymous with people who are mean, rude, and inconsiderate.
I know that I have used it to describe certain people.
I have never used it as a term of abuse or disparagement to any of my fellow-men.
The word grump has also been used by the media in recent years to describe the rude behaviour of some of the more well-known figures in popular culture.
One such example is the portrayal of President Trump by comedian Bill Maher.
In a clip of his show The Real Bill Maher, he made fun of the president by saying, He has a very grumpy, nasty mouth.
He has an even grumpier mouth.
I call him a grubby grump.
This was the first time he used that term in his comedy.
Many of these people are portrayed as grumpy.
In reality, they are just rude, arrogant and uncooperating.
They are just as grumpily rude as any other member of the American public, which is why it is so offensive to call them grumps.
The meaning of ‘grump’ I don’t think anyone could be more correct than my colleague Mr Raghavan Chatterjee, a professor at Jawaharpur University.
He is a well-respected journalist who has written widely about India and the history of the country.
He says, It’s not a bad word.
A grumpy name may be a very good one, but it is not necessarily an accurate one.
I personally don’t see it as being the right term to describe any of the most influential figures in the history, including Mr Modi, the Indian prime minister, or the prime minister of Sri Lanka.
It is the same with ‘grumpy’.
I don’t know how anyone can say, “That guy grumpy”, but he is the prime minster of Sri Lankan democracy.
If there is any good that comes from this term, it is that it has taken hold.
There is a general consensus among Indian journalists and academics that this term has been misused.
Some argue that it is an insult, others that it represents the general tone of India and it should be avoided.
The truth is that the word has not been misappropriated by anyone.
It has been used in its original sense, and I believe that it captures the essence of the term.
Professor Chatterjoo is an associate professor in the department of History at Jawaharipur University, in India.
He tweets @ProfRaghavanChatterjee