If you're like many people, you're wondering what the heck is a dudgeon? Google gives this definition: "a feeling of offense or deep resentment." But no one ever seems to take about dudgeon on its own; it's always "in high dudgeon."

So, what does this have to do with anything? I was recently planning on writing an angry complaint email about something that had happened, and I realized that I really needed to rein in the emotional intensity before proceeding. What I was planning to complain about was something really important to me, and I wanted to be as effective as possible.

I was writing on my blog about intending to wait to act on this until I was no longer in high dudgeon, and people were keen on both the word and the plan to wait. Out of that was born the dudgeon-o-meter! You can find out more about it here: