Friday, August 28, 2009

Today's Word Objurgate

Objurgate \OB-juhr-gayt\ (transitive verb) - To express strong disapproval of; to criticize severely.

"It would be my advice to persons situated in this way, to not roll or thrash around, because this excites the interest of all the different sorts of animals and makes every last one of them want to turn out and see what is going on, and this makes things worse than they were before, and of course makes you objurgate harder, too, if you can." - Mark Twain, ' A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court'

Objurgate comes from the past participle of Latin from objurgare, "to scold, to blame," from ob-, "against" + jurgare, "to dispute, to quarrel, to sue at law," from jus, jur-, "law" + -igare (from agere, "to lead").

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