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2005-06-17 06:19:35

BAUXITE, Ark. (AP) -- Hiking in the Ouachita Mountains one day, retired mechanic John Pelton's eye caught a pink flower that he hadn't noticed before. The man with a passion for plant life couldn't figure out just what kind of flower he had found in Saline County. He contacted Theo Witsell, a botanist with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, who couldn't find the plant in any books or on any Web sites. Witsell spent years classifying the plant and will officially unveil it as a new...


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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.'