mid-14c., from anger
. Originally "full of trouble, vexatious;" sense of "enraged, irate" is from late 14c. The phrase angry young man
dates to 1941 but was popularized in ref. to the play "Look Back in Anger" (produced 1956) though it does not occur in that work. "There are three words in the English language that end in -gry
. Two of them are angry
. What is the third?" There is no third (except some extremely obscure ones). Richard Lederer calls this "one of the most outrageous and time-wasting linguistic hoaxes in our nation's history" and traces it to a New York TV quiz show from early 1975.