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2011-03-12 06:55:00

The devastating earthquake that forced the closure of four nuclear power plants in Japan demonstrates the serious risk of inadequate back-up generators at U.S. facilities, said experts with the Union of Concerned Scientists on Friday. Although U.S. regulators insist the nation's nuclear fleet can withstand such a massive quake, the scientists said more work is needed to ensure that future quakes don't result in the reactor impact now being experienced in Japan. "We do not believe the safety...


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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.'