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2011-07-31 06:16:53

Inspired by a sixth-grade science project, a teenager has developed a way to help combat kudzu, "an invasive plant that has overrun millions of acres of land throughout the Southeastern United States," according to a recent CNN.com report. Kudzu was first brought into the US during the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876, and gained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s as a way to combat erosion. These days, however, it has begun spreading out of control, overtaking 150,000 new acres of...


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.'