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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scold, scolder, nag, nagger, common scoldnoun

    someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault

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  1. Common scold

    In the common law of crime in England and Wales, a common scold was a type of public nuisance—a troublesome and angry person who broke the public peace by habitually chastising, arguing and quarrelling with their neighbours. Most punished for scolding were women, though men could be found to be scolds. The offence, which carried across in the English colonisation of the Americas, was punished by fines and increasingly less often by ways intended to humiliate in public: dunking (being arm-fastened into a chair and dunked into a river or pond), or paraded through the street on wheels; being put in the scold's bridle (branks); or the stocks. Selling bad bread or bad ale was also punished in these ways in some parts of England in medieval centuries. None of the physical punishments is known to have been administered (such as by magistrates) since an instance in 1817 that involved a wheeling through the streets. Washington D.C. authorities imposed a fine against a writer against clerics, declared a common scold, in 1829. The offence and punishment were abolished in England and Wales in 1967, and formally in New Jersey in 1972.

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  1. common scold

    A common scold is a term used historically to refer to a person, often a woman, who is overly critical, bothersome, or quarrelsome in social settings on a routine basis. It carries a negative connotation and is rarely used in modern times due to its sexist implications.

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  1. Common scold

    In the common law of crime in England and Wales, a common scold was a species of public nuisance—a troublesome and angry woman who broke the public peace by habitually arguing and quarreling with her neighbours. The Latin name for the offender, communis rixatrix, appears in the feminine gender and makes it clear that only women could commit this crime. The offence, which was exported to North America with the colonists, was punishable by ducking: being placed in a chair and submerged in a river or pond. Although rarely prosecuted it remained on the statute books in England and Wales until 1967.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of common scold in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of common scold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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