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2010-02-22 16:15:00

On February 21, the seventeenth tropical depression formed in the South Pacific Ocean. Today, February 22, the storm has strengthened into Tropical Storm 17P (TS 17P) with maximum sustained winds near 39 mph, and it was about 740 miles east-northeast of Pago Pago. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-11 captured a visible image of the storm at 1800 UTC (1 p.m. ET) February 22. The storm does not appear well organized. TD 17P was located near 9.6 South latitude and 159.0...

2008-08-09 18:00:18

A FURTHER sharp slide in oil prices helped power the London market to a positive close yesterday as travel firms and airlines soared on the lower cost of crude. Oil slipping below EUR114 a barrel at one stage boosted blue chips in late session trading, leaving the FTSE 100 Index 11.7 points higher at 5489.2. NatWest parent Royal Bank of Scotland rose 7.5p to 240.5p after fears of pounds 1bn-plus losses were not realised in its interim results. It reported a half-year deficit of...

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  • 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.'