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2006-07-20 18:47:16

By Hilary Burke CORDOBA, Argentina (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez marked his nation's debut as a member of South America's biggest trade bloc on Thursday at a two-day summit that also drew his friend, Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Venezuela formally became the fifth full member of Mercosur this month, as the bloc grapples with heated disputes among some member countries. Chavez, a self-described leftist revolutionary flush with crude oil revenue and a close Castro ally,...


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.'