UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Mar. 8

02/03/2021

Starting Monday, March 8:

  • 28 of our 31 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Word Nerd Alert

23/07/2014

“The English language is a vast flea market of words, handed down, borrowed or created over more than 2000 years. And it is still expanding, changing and trading. Our language is not purely English at all - it is a ragbag of diverse words that have come to us from all around the world. Words enter the language in all sorts of ways:  with invaders, migrants, tradesmen; in stories, artworks, technologies and scientific concepts; with those who hold power, and those who try to overthrow the powerful.”

http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/changlang/across/languagetimeline.html

Fast paced technology changes are responsible for some language changes happening now. Words like “google” and “WiFi” are commonplace, “cookie” and “virus” have meanings that would not have been recognized 20 years ago.

Wordbirds by Liesl Schillinger is a small collection of neologisms, unusual combinations of words that make sense when you think about them. The illustrations are cute birds that will apparently make you "crow with delight."  I like “Droidian slip” a term for the momentary confusion of an action such as picking up the TV remote to answer a phone call. “Roborage” is the anger that can result from constant automated telemarketing calls. My top pick is “Daytrap”, a supposedly highly fun day outing that is exhausting, expensive and more trouble than it was worth.

 

Here are other worthy wordy books - LOL.

 

http://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/item/show/428370026_the_mother_tongue

http://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/item/show/565980026_the_lexicographers_dilemma

http://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/item/show/481087026_the_fight_for_english

Image: Wordbirds

Wordbirds

An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century
By Schillinger, Liesl