For more than a decade I have been working my way through a daily meditation reader. Each year when I get to the January 11th page I read a vignette about a disagreeable woman who wears a "lugubrious" expression. I didn't know the exact definition of the word (but could figure it out through context) and had no idea of how to pronounce it.
Today, instead of just skipping over it, I decided to look the word up. Dictionary.com told me the word was an adjective that meant mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner. It also offered the pronunciation lu·gu·bri·ous, and told me that similar words would be mournful, sorrowful, bleak, gloomy, pensive, sad, depressing, dismal, doleful, dour, funeral, morose, woebegone, woeful.
Five years ago today: Take Note