International News Archive - May 07, 2010
The onset of summer in England has been advancing since the mid 1950s, research from a pair of University of Sheffield geographers has shown.
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.'