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Education News Archive - November 10, 2005

Over 1 billion worldwide lack basic education: Commonwealth Education Fund ABUJA, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Commonwealth Education Fund (CEF) said here Wednesday that over one billion people in the world, mostly women, lack basic education.

Word of the Day
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.'