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in Germanic mythology, water sprite. The nixes could assume various shapes, most frequently as half human and half fish. They could do favors for humans, particularly in teaching them bewitching music, but for the most part they were treacherous and malignant.
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When gay students at El Modena High School in Orange County, California, decided to start a club to promote tolerance of homosexuals, school officials nixed the plan, saying that sexual topics are inappropriate for school clubs.
But that's not the end of the story, according to the New York Post's gossipy Page Six--which reports that Stone really nixed Combs because the rap phenom "throws like a girl.
Mayor James Hahn has nixed plans for a citywide borough system because he dreads the thought of sharing power with communities even more than he fears the prospect of losing a third of his kingdom to secession.