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2010-03-24 08:05:15

As you stroll down restaurant row and catch the wonderful aroma of food "” steaks, burgers, and grilled veggies "” keep this in mind: You may be in an air pollution zone. Scientists in Minnesota are reporting that commercial cooking is a surprisingly large source of a range of air pollutants that could pose risks to human health and the environment. They discussed the topic yesterday at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Deborah Gross, Ph.D., pointed out...


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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.'