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2008-09-13 00:00:08

Octogenarian Marguerite Fensome is proving age is no barrier when it comes to bracing outdoor swimming. She regularly goes for a dip in the Exe estuary with a friend to keep fit. But these days she admitted she has to take a walking stick with her into the water because she is not as agile as she once was. Mrs Fensome, 82, who lives with her retired clergyman husband Roland in Langstone Drive, Exmouth, can be seen most days near the estuary as she goes for a swim. She thinks she...


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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.'