sur·ly [sur-lee] –adjective, -li·er, -li·est.
1. churlishly rude or bad-tempered: a surly waiter.
2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable: a surly old lion.
3. dark or dismal; menacing; threatening: a surly sky.
For SOME reason, this word seems to really stick to me today. I think I'm in a pisser of a mood. Not enough coffee, perhaps. Or maybe it's because the huge presentation I'd planned to give yesterday never happened. The folks I was supposed to present to - they're in Milwaukee, kept flaking on out me. The VP was 30 minutes late to call in, and when he did, he called in from his bloody car! Now, how is he supposed to see an on-line presentation while driving about? He blamed it on logistical errors on his part. Then he chewed me out for not having anything more than a proposal, which I'd emailed along with the URL, login, and password to the on-line preso. He told me he was disappointed that I didn't prepare something that showed al the things he asked for. Uh, it was al in the presentation that he couldn't see because he called from his damned car! Then he told me he'd have a look at the presentation, which I emailed to him also, and then call from his office with all the other hotshots at his company. So I sat around the house, mobile phone and laptop in hand, waiting. never heard a peep.
So today I'm surly.
Ironically, "Surly" is also the name of an Irish band from Limerick.