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2009-01-20 18:28:37

Residents of New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula said the government has mistakenly identified a dolphin that frequently visits the coast as a female. Locals said Moko, a dolphin that has long been visiting the Mahia coast, is consistently referred to as a female by the New Zealand Department of Conservation, but residents have known for months that the marine mammal is a male, The Dominion Post reported Tuesday. I noticed in the early stages that, when the dolphin was away from the crowds and a...


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.'