Such Reprehensible Violence!

I was listening to a podcast on my Nano on my drive to work this morning (I absolutely LOVE my Nano!) and the speaker used two great words that I thought I would share with you today.

The first one is excoriate. Excoriate (ik-skohr-ee-yet) is a verb that means express strong disapproval of, strongly censure, or scold with scathing severity. My husband and I recently saw the movie Amazing Grace. Good movie! The movie portrays how William Wilberforce led the fight to end the British slave trade. Many times Wilberforce excoriated (strongly censured and severely scolded) the British Parliament for what was happening in the slave trade and excoriated the Parliament for not doing anything to stop it.

Sometimes mothers excoriate their children when they do something bad. (Poor children!) Sometimes bosses excoriate their employees when the employees do something wrong that costs the company lots of money. (Poor employees!) Sometimes journalists will excoriate what Congress does or the president of the United States. (Poor politicians . . . nah, sometimes they deserve to be excoriated!)

Another word that was used in the podcast was reprehensible. Reprehensible (rep-ri-hen-suh-buhl) goes hand in hand with excoriate. It is an adjective that means deserving severe rebuke, reproof, or censure. Something that is blameworthy. The killing at Virginia Tech earlier this week was a deplorable act of violence. It was reprehensible! What happened to the Africans captured and sold during the slave trade era (regardless of which country was involved) was reprehensible. The recent civil wars in South Africa are reprehensible.

When people inflict reprehensible violence on others, those people deserve to be excoriated!

(My deepest sympathies go out to all of the families of those who were slain at Virginia Tech. And to the students, faculty, friends and acquaintances of those slain — and to all who have been affected by this sad event.)


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