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2010-09-09 06:15:00

Glaciers atop snow-capped Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey have shrunk 30 percent in surface area over the last 3 decades, a researcher said Wednesday. Geologist Mehmet Akif Sarikaya, an assistant professor at Istanbul's Fatih University, told AFP: "We used satellite images to analyze the response of glaciers at the summit of Mount Ararat to climate change." "The glacier surface area decreased from 3.04 square miles in 1976 to 5.5 square 2.09 square miles in 2008, a loss of about 17 acres a...


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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.'