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International News Archive - December 16, 2010

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A study for the recording industry lobby group BPI said on Thursday that over 1 billion songs will have been illegally downloaded by the end of 2010 in Britain.

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.'