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2008-10-03 15:00:14

Kazakhstan's commercial capital, Almaty, may face water and electricity shortages in the coming winter because of a sharp drop of water level in the Ili river, said a report in the Megapolis newspaper. The river, which originates in western China and ensures the work of the Almaty region's main power station, is gone so shallow that is currently passable on foot, the report carried on 29 September said. The water level has fallen because of the last severely cold winter and this year's dry...


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.'