Clishmaclaver – Brechin High Library Blog

May 24, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Idiom of the Week!

Meaning: When someone puts themselves in a risky situation. “If someone goes out on a limb, they do something they strongly believe in even though it is risky or extreme, and is likely to fail or be criticized by other … Continue reading

May 24, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Word Facts: Who vs. Whom

Whom is often confused with who. What’s the difference between these two pronouns? Check out our latest Word Fact to find out! 🙂 How do you decide which one to use? When in doubt, substitute him (sometimes you’ll have to … Continue reading

Word of the Week!

April 27, 2017 by Miss Stewart | 0 comments


  • Be in or move into a sloping position, eg: ‘He leaned back in his chair’; incline from the perpendicular and rest for support against (something), eg: ‘a man was leaning against the wall


  • A deviation from the perpendicular; an inclination. Eg: ‘the vehicle has a definite lean to the left’

Phrasal Verbs

  • lean on

    Rely on or derive support from. ‘they have learned to lean on each other for support’; put pressure on (someone) to act in a certain way. ‘a determination not to allow the majority to lean on the minority’ 


  • (of a person or animal) thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat.

    ‘his lean, muscular body’; ‘lean bacon’
    i) (of an industry or company) efficient and with no wastage:
    ‘staff were pruned, ostensibly to produce a leaner and fitter organization’
    ii) (of meat) containing little fat.
  • Offering little reward, substance, or nourishment; meagre. ‘the lean winter months’; ‘keep a small reserve to tide you over the lean years’

    Oxford Dictionary

 And let us not forget the latest motto of business lexicon,”lean in“; that’s to say, lexical shorthand for the act or process of a woman’s asserting herself in the workplace. 😀
Art credit: EC English

April 27, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Word Fact: Intrusive vs. Obtrusive

Ever been shhh’d by me in the library and asked yourself, ‘Is the noise I’m making intrusive or obtrusive?’ No? 😉 Well, I bet you want to know now! To be intrusive is to involve oneself into the affairs of … Continue reading

April 6, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Word Fact: Loath vs. Loathe

Loath vs. loathe Loathe is a verb meaning to dislike greatly. For example, if you have a mean boss, you might say that you loathe him. Loath is an adjective meaning unwilling or reluctant. For example, you might say that … Continue reading

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