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Oddities News Archive - May 13, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, La. - A 16-month-old girl suffered moderate to severe alcohol poisoning after she consumed part of a mixed drink while an uncle was baby-sitting her, Rapides Parish sheriff's investigators said.

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.'