International News Archive - May 24, 2009


A stampede at a music festival in the Moroccan capital of Rabat has left at least 11 people dead and another 30 hurt, a Moroccan news agency says.

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.'