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Posted: October 15, 2018

Don't worry, be grumpy: It's National Grouch Day

It's a day for Oscar the Grouch and other grumps around the world.
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It's a day for Oscar the Grouch and other grumps around the world.

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Grouches of the world, be happy -- it’s National Grouch Day.

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Or more than likely, don’t worry, be grumpy. I know I complained when this story was assigned to me. But even a grump can revel in his or her own day.

According to Sesame Street Magazine -- which has Oscar the Grouch, a master in the art of grumbling -- the National Day Calendar added National Grouch Day in order for grouches worldwide to “celebrate their way of life.”

According to the Merriam-Webster website, a grouch is defined as “a fit of bad temper,” a “grudge” or “complaint,” or “a habitually irritable or complaining person.”

The National Calendar Day website said National Grouch Day has been celebrated since “at least 1976.”

Oscar the Grouch got ready for his day a few weeks ago, tweeting that “Frowning makes me happy. Can’t you tell?”

The Ornament Shop, on its website, listed its Top Five Grouches. Oscar won’t be happy -- he only ranked No. 3. Topping the list was Ebenezer Scrooge, followed by the Grinch. Rounding out the top five are the Wicked Witch of the West and comedian Groucho Marx -- who wore a “grouch bag” around his neck that contained his valuables and money. 

Here’s an honorable mention: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, who starred in the 1993 movie, “Grumpy Old Men.” And Grumpy, one of the Seven Dwarfs.
You can commiserate with other grouches on Twitter by using the hashtag #NationalGrouchDay.

So, enjoy your day -- or, more in character -- be grouchy about it. 


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