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2009-04-29 16:48:34

A British store said a mother duck built her nest in its back yard and led her ducklings on a march through the shop, across a street and into a river. Workers at the Kidney Research U.K. charity store in St. Ives, England, said the mother duck has been building her nest atop a wall in the store's back yard since it opened seven years ago, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. Shop manager Carol Andrews said she had a ramp installed to allow the mother and her ducklings to climb from the...


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.'