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2005-09-14 10:45:32

BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin's Tegel airport was temporarily closed on Wednesday to allow the controlled explosion of a 1,000-pound (454 kg) U.S. World War Two bomb unearthed during construction work, police said. A flight carrying U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in the German capital for a NATO defense ministers' meeting, took off from Tegel shortly before the airport was closed, U.S. officials said. Takeoffs and landings at the airport, one of Germany's busiest, were...


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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.'