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2010-03-23 08:45:23

Scientific advances in a rapidly emerging field termed "green chemistry" offer the brightest promise for guiding the American economy into a new era of sustainability, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's top R&D official said yesterday. Paul T. Anastas, Ph.D., assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Research and Development, described that future epoch as one in which people use water, air, energy, and other resources in ways that meet current needs without compromising...


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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.'