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2006-05-18 02:35:33

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday will present a draft global treaty aimed at halting production of nuclear bomb-making fissile material, diplomatic sources said. Stephen Rademaker, Acting Assistant U.S. Secretary in the bureau of international security and nonproliferation, will outline the proposal in a speech to the United Nations-backed Conference on Disarmament (CD), they added. "The United States will present a complete draft fissile material 'cut-off' treaty," a...


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.'