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2008-07-14 09:00:48

CHICAGO _ Last month, Lenae Weichel embarked on an ambitious dietary experiment: to feed her family for a year with food produced within 100 miles of her Rockford, Ill., home. Inspired by a Vancouver couple who wrote a book on their "100-mile diet," she joined a community-supported agriculture program, visited her local farmers market and started growing fruits and vegetables in her backyard. Weichel, 33, is an extreme example of a vibrant movement of "locavores," or consumers who try to...


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.'