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2012-01-16 20:12:26

Takao Doi is a Japanese astronaut who flew on two NASA space shuttle missions. He was born on September 18, 1954 in Minamitama, Tokyo, Japan. He earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Tokyo, and he researched at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science. In 1985, Doi was chosen to be an astronaut for the Japanese manned space program. He carried out more...

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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.'