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2006-09-11 12:40:00

Known primarily for his foundational work in math and physics, Sir Issac Newton actually spent more time on research in alchemy, as well as its interrelationships with science, history and religion, and its implications for economics. Alchemy, as Newton practiced it in the 17th and 18th centuries, was research into the nature of chemical substances and processes "“ primarily the transmutation of materials from one type of matter to another. Newton and others conducted experiments, but...

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  • 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.'