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2008-07-23 09:00:57

By KRISTEN BROWNING-BLAS By Kristen Browning-Blas The Denver Post 'There is no away." The title (or maybe it was a subtitle) of a book from a class my mom took on "ecology" in the '70s has stayed with me all these years. I'm already green - with nausea - at the endless stream of "ecofriendly" labels on everything from champagne to sponges. In the past five years, new products claiming to be environmentally friendly soared from five to 328. So much of this "green-washing" wave is just...


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.'