I've always enjoyed my trips to Scotland, despite the fact that when I'm in Lanarkshire everyone calls me Surly. It's not that I snarl at people, it's just the local accent.
It makes me sound like the eighth dwarf, but, hey, you get used to it .
You wouldn't have thought that being surly was a way to attract people, but in the USA there's a firm which makes Surly bikes (do they make a point of running through puddles to spash pedestrians, I wonder, or do they just ride slowly in the middle of the road, making overtaking impossible?)
There's a make of Surly beer, too. The beer company has as its motto It's never too early to get surly.
Really? Apart from being deeply unattractive, being surly is a lot of effort. In fact all that grumpiness makes me feel tired just thinking about it.
Ah well. It takes all sorts, doesn't it.
Thing Not To Be Today: surly. This word comes from the Middle English word serreli, which means lordly or haughty. It's probably connected with the word sir.