International News Archive - December 11, 2011
A higher-than-normal 2010 melting season sped up the melting of ice in southern Greenland, causing sizable portions of the island's bedrock to rise somewhere about a quarter of an inch more than usual.
Word of the Day
- A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
- A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).