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2005-08-15 07:55:00

TORONTO -- Avid tanner Brandi Donaldson was 25 when she first noticed a new mole right above her navel. She didn't worry until it started to change. "It started to look a little different than my other spots," said Donaldson, now 27 and a counselor in Newport Beach, California. "It was a little darker." It turned out to be not a mole, but melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer. It was localized and she didn't need chemotherapy or radiation treatment, but Donaldson endured a...


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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.'