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If you have the pleasure of scolding, I surely can have that of crying.

The king-birds have come, and the corn-planter, the scolding bob-o-link.

Isn't mother ugly and cross and scolding to me all the time?

Her scolding, however, seemed to have more effect on Khalid than my reasoning.

"You come just in time to give him a scolding," he said, with an affectation of liveliness.

And now that I've got you to myself I must begin by scolding you.

Richard climbed down, scolding at the tree like an angry squirrel.

"Mag's a hungry," in a voice more like scolding than anything else.

Then the scolding of these two comrades gives to you your freedom from suspicion, eh?

I felt impatient and decided to give her a scolding for being so neglectful.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-12c., "person of ribald speech," later "person fond of abusive language" (c.1300), especially a shrewish woman [Johnson defines it as "A clamourous, rude, mean, low, foul-mouthed woman"], from Old Norse skald "poet" (see skald). The sense evolution might reflect the fact that Germanic poets (like their Celtic counterparts) were famously feared for their ability to lampoon and mock (e.g. skaldskapr "poetry," also, in Icelandic law books, "libel in verse").

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