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International News Archive - October 07, 2010

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Bird excrement is once again prized as gold in Peru as a handful of islands off the nation's Pacific coast are literally covered in tons and tons of guano.

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.'