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Business News Archive - September 27, 2006

By Becky Purser, The Macon Telegraph, Ga. Sep. 27--FORT VALLEY -- Terry Spillers, on trial for murder in the beating death of a Fort Valley man who gave alcohol to his underage son, told his wife he was afraid he had "messed him up really bad," according to testimony Tuesday.

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humgruffin
  • 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.'