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Michigan School Names Words That Should Go Over The Fiscal Cliff In 2013
2013-01-01 07:50:49

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just in time for the new year, a Michigan school has released its annual list of useless, overused and misused words that should be history along with 2012. Scholars at Lake Superior State University (LSSU), for the 38th consecutive year, have found a dozen words or phrases that are just too annoying to continue to use. The words/phrases are those that the school wishes to see “banished” from the English language in...

2010-05-31 05:18:00

SEATTLE, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- If you've ever used one of the leading foreign-language phrasebooks as you traveled abroad, you know how challenging and frustrating it can be to find things in them. Invariably, the problem is that they have their phrases arranged in 12-20 categories. A big hobble for such simple deployment is that life and its multitude of situations don't fit neatly into 20 categories. For instance, in which category would one find "What's your telephone number?" or...


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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.'