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2005-06-30 07:46:54

YOKOSUKA, Japan -- At the far end of a long trough, a bulge of water appears. Seconds later, the wave rips through the wall of a room with such fury it splinters the wall and washes away the furniture and a mannequin standing behind it. From seabed to crest, the 8-foot-tall wave is the world's tallest man-made tsunami, Japanese scientists at the Port and Airport Research Institute's Tsunami Research Center said on Wednesday. But while size is critical in tsunami research, the scientists...


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.'