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Grouch Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    grouch n : a bad-tempered person [syn: grump, crank, churl, crosspatch] v : show one's unhappiness or critical attitude; "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong"; "We grumbled about the increased work load" [syn: grumble, scold]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Grouch'


Oscar the Grouch is a Muppet character on the television program Sesame Street. He has a green body (during the first season he was orange), has no (visible) nose (although he claims to have one), and lives in a garbage can. His favorite thing in life is trash; evidence for this is the song "I Love Trash". A running theme is his compulsive hoarding of seemingly useless items. Although "The Grouch" aptly describes his misanthropic interaction with the other characters and even to himself at times, it is also the name of his species. The character is performed by Caroll Spinney, and has been performed by him since the show's first episode. Through Oscar, children actually learn about respect and tolerance instead of disrespect and intolerance, and they discover that people with different views and lifestyles can still be great friends.

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  • No offense intended by 'Oscar the Grouch' guide, Philly VA says
    Department of Veterans Affairs official on Wednesday defended a training guide produced for its Philadelphia office depicting veterans as Oscar the Grouch, saying the images were intended to remind employees to behave professionally. Instead, the materials, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, triggered a storm of criticism of the department's regional Read more on this news related to 'Grouch'
  • Training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An internal training guide used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compared veterans unhappy about their care to Oscar the Grouch, a newspaper reported. Read more on this news related to 'Grouch'
  • VA training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch
    Philadelphia — An internal training guide used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compared veterans unhappy about their care to Oscar the Grouch, a newspaper reported. Read more on this news related to 'Grouch'

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