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Topic: 7) How humiliating! (1 of 4), Read 139 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 11:12 AM

Joel Jirak, of Lexington, Kentucky, writes: "In 'Mary Poppins,' the bank officer's children cause a run on the bank. The board summons him, punches a hole in his hat, opens his umbrella too far, rips the flower off his lapel, etc. What is the word for this sort of public humiliation? It's not the same as 'losing one's stripes' because that ceremony leads to both actual loss and public humiliation. I'm concerned with a public humilation that is only (or mainly) ceremony."

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Topic: 7) How humiliating! (2 of 4), Read 131 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 04:08 PM

There are several words that can apply to public abuse; e.g., invective and vituperation -- obloquy may be the strongest. But it seems, from your example, that you seek something a little lighter....

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Topic: 7) How humiliating! (3 of 4), Read 104 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Vidark Bloom (vidarkblm@aol.com)
Date: Monday, December 21, 1998 12:45 AM

mortification?

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Topic: 7) How humiliating! (4 of 4), Read 50 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Monty DiPietro (monty@japan.co.jp)
Date: Friday, January 15, 1999 07:02 AM

I would use the phrase "to give one a dressing down."


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