Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We're changing websites, everybody

After several years of posting on Blogger, we've decided to make a change: we're moving to Tumblr. We've been working on this switch for a while now, and it's been up for public viewing for a couple weeks (you might have noticed the new link on our official website), but this is our first time announcing it to our regular blog readers.

We hope you'll the like the new design and format. Please continue to follow us and we'll make sure to continue to provide you with posts about library events, books that come across our desks, obscure word definitions, and other interesting stuff to be found all around the internet and our weird and wonderful world.

You can visit our new website at missoulapubliclibrary.tumblr.com

Monday, June 13, 2011

Word Woman

Welcome to another wild and woolly episode of Word Woman's Weekly Work-Out! While you're out enjoying the summer weather, why not expand your mental horizons with a little life-long learning, such as improving your vocabulary? Here's the Word of the Week to get you started:


1. of, related to, or resembling a nebula; nebular

2. indistinct, vague

from the latin nebulosus, misty, from nebula

Example: Carl's nebulous recollection of where he parked his car resulted in a leisurely twenty minute stroll up and down the lanes of the parking lot in the pouring rain.

Word Woman

Welcome to another mind-bending installment of Word Woman's Weekly Work-Out! It's time to stretch those neural pathways with a little bit of mental exercise, like learning a new word. Here's the Word of the Week to get you started:


favorable to or promoting well-being

-- "salubrious", http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salubrious , 5/21/11

Example: The salubrious effects of eating grapefruit are not to be overlooked.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Word Woman

Welcome to another astonishing episode of Word Woman's Weekly Work-Out! School may be out for the summer, but don't forget to keep your brain in shape with a little mental exercise, like learning new words. Here's the Word of the Week to get you started:


1. mournful; especially : exaggeratedly or affectedly mournful lugubrious brooding — V. S. Pritchett>

2. dismal lugubrious landscape>

-- "lugubrious",
Linkm-webster.com/dictionary/lugubrious , 5/20/2011

Example: In spite of the lugubrious atmosphere of the restaurant, it was remarkably popular as a meeting place for business executives on their lunch breaks.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Word Woman

Welcome to another exciting installment of Word Woman's Weekly Work-Out! It's June at last, and officially time to get started with your summer reading. I hope that you've picked out a few good books to help turn your summer into an adventure in reading. Here's the Word of the Week, for those who are interested in being adventurous with their vocabulary:


1. Uttering or giving censure

2. Containing or characterized by verbal abuse

"vituperative", http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vituperative?show=0&t=1305055598 , 5/19/2011.

Example: Because of the vituperative quality of his comments at the rehearsal dinner, Brad was excused from his duties as best man at the wedding.