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2008-12-27 15:52:38

The impact Barak Obama's election as the first black U.S. president will have on the African-American holiday Kwanzaa is unclear, a filmmaker says. The Black Candle director M.K. Asante Jr., whose documentary was about Kwanzaa, said the election of Obama could significantly alter Kwanzaa at the presidential level, The Independent reported Saturday. Obviously, there is already a tradition of addressing Kwanzaa in the White House, which was started by Bill Clinton, and has been continued by...


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.'