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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 3, 2021 is:

berate • bih-RAYT  • verb

: to scold or condemn vehemently and at length

Examples:

“Don’t berate yourself over canceling plans,” the lifestyle expert said. “It is sometimes more important that you allow for time to take care of yourself.”

“During Russell’s tirade Wednesday, he didn’t shout at any particular player, but his team as a whole. ‘I would never single someone out and berate them,’ Russell said.” — Shaun Goodwin, The Kansas City Star, 17 June 2021

Did you know?

Berate and rate can both mean “to rebuke angrily or violently.” This sense of rate was first recorded in the 14th century, centuries before the familiar (and etymologically unrelated) rate meaning “to estimate the value of.” We know that berate was probably formed by combining the prefix be- and the older rate, but the origins of this particular rate itself are somewhat more obscure.

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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