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2009-10-21 10:00:00

More than one in five Americans knows someone who has had the H1N1 flu WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new American Red Cross poll shows that while concerns about exposure to the H1N1 (swine flu) virus remain high, women are more likely than men to make extra efforts to cover coughs and sneezes with tissue, wash their hands more carefully and use hand sanitizer more often. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) Since it was first...


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.'