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Chide – #AtoZChallenge


I’d have to give myself what for, if I didn’t write my A to Z blog post today.

“Chide” is my thesaurus word for this third day of the A to Z Challenge. It’s a word I know but that I don’t think I’ve ever actually used out loud. When I’m reprimanding someone (usually my kids – who else am I going to chew out?), I’m more likely to use the term “telling off.” But according to my trusty old synonym-finder, “chide” has a bunch of different meanings I’d never put in the same category. It can also mean “blame” and “criticize.”

When I blame someone for something I don’t necessarily scold them, and when I criticize someone it doesn’t mean I berate them. So it seems “chide” is a bit of an all-purpose word for anything we don’t like.

“Admit it. It was you who took my bone,” Winston chided.

Okay. I guess that works.


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23 thoughts on “Chide – #AtoZChallenge

  1. I don’t think I use ‘chide’ either. Thinking about it, it seems a little old-fashioned, like something your grandmother would use! πŸ™‚


  2. Or wear a t-shirt like my grandson’s- “it’s not my fault”


  3. Interesting word…I don’t know that I’ve ever actually used it. I think it’s one of those words that I read but never say! How odd!


    • Yep, me too. But think about it, how often do we talk about telling someone off unless we’re teachers? I know as a parent I don’t talk about it, I just do it. πŸ˜›


  4. I love words – fun theme for A-Z challenge!


  5. Chide is a lovely word, kind of sounds like what it is.


  6. My Mom did that, at least, according to my Grandmother. “Don’t chide the boy.” I can remember hearing it but it has been a long time now. Thanks for the reminder!


  7. I always think of chide as a milder scolding than telling off. Chide seems kind of gentle.
    Finding Eliza


  8. I use the word chide as often as berated. Chide has an edge to it. Winston ❀


    • I just mentioned to Kristin in the comment above yours that I’ve never really thought of how much of an edge or not this particular word has. …probably because I don’t use it.
      Winston lurves you too. πŸ˜€ ❀ (Seriously, I bet he would if he met you. πŸ˜€ )

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  9. I think Winston has the universal “Not, me, I’m a good dog…” look down pat.


  10. I fear I chide my kids too often lol!!! Nagging mother!!!


  11. Winston doesn’t look like he’s chiding anyone though


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