General News Archive - August 11, 2011


Many of us go to extraordinary lengths to avoid learning the endings of stories we have yet to read or see.


Popular media's hypersexualization of women may be worse than you think.

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.'