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Oddities News Archive - April 21, 2010

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A Denver, Colorado man lost more than a popular new gadget as he walked out of a store last week, when he lost part of his pinky finger as a thief lunged for his bag carrying the new iPad he had just bought.

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.'