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2005-07-05 12:35:45

AUGSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A court on Tuesday summonedformer Chancellor Helmut Kohl and several ex-ministers totestify in a corruption trial that could embarrass Germany'sopposition before a planned election. Holger Pfahls, a junior defense minister in Kohl'sgovernments, has admitted accepting millions of deutschemarksin kickbacks from an arms dealer to help smooth the delivery ofarmored personnel carriers to Saudi Arabia in the early 1990s. The court's decision, on a request from...


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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.'