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Education News Archive - April 12, 2008

By Laurie Fox, The Dallas Morning News Apr.

By Staci Hupp, The Dallas Morning News Apr. 12--Sam Smith is going to Baylor University for free, and he thanks his high school for it. L.D. Bell High School in Hurst singled out Mr. Smith as a sophomore for his promising score on the Preliminary SAT college entrance exam.

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.'