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2005-12-07 05:44:15

By Mabvuto Banda BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Two Malawian youths were shot and wounded after police opened fire on a hungry crowd fighting to buy government-subsidized maize amid worsening food shortages in the drought-hit country, police said on Wednesday. The shooting late on Tuesday marked the first confirmed incidence of violence in Malawi's deepening hunger crisis which has left an estimated 5 million people in need of food aid. "The two went to the depot to buy maize, but before they...


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.'