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2011-02-04 14:34:41

By Michelle M. Meighan, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University Arizona State University grad student Michelle Meighan on her experiences in Tasmania as a participant in NSF's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes program In the months leading up to the summer, a question that I frequently heard was "Tasmania? You're going to spend your summer in Africa?" Another popular comment was "You realize it's winter down there, right?" Yes, I was fully aware that I was...


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.'