Word of the Day
- A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'
Quote of the DayEvery attempt to employ mathematical methods in the study of chemical questions must be considered profoundly irrational and contrary to the spirit of chemistry if mathematical analysis should ever hold a prominent place in chemistry
- an aberration which is happily almost impossible
- it would occasion a rapid and widespread degeneration of that science.
- Auguste Comte