common scold


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Noun1.Common scold - someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding faultcommon scold - someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
harridan - a scolding (even vicious) old woman
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43 Jenny Pipes of Leominster was the last person in England or Wales ever to undergo which ancient punishment for being a common scold, in 1809?
The role of the editorial writer, Gartner said, is: "Not to be a common scold or a civic booster--but to explore and explain, expound and expose--and then put it all in perspective with well-reasoned opinion.
Political cartoonist Patrick Oliphant examines how this "once-potent galvanizer of opinion, the kick-starter of conversation and discussion, has been allowed to atrophy from disuse and is, after several centuries of successful use as a castigator and common scold of the body politic, in great jeopardy of fading away altogether.