Friday, February 20, 2009
vituperate \vī-ˈtü-pə-ˌrāt, və-, -ˈtyü-\ transitive verb: to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
intransitive verb: to use harsh condemnatory language
Etymology: Latin vituperatus, past participle of vituperare, from vitium fault + parare to make, prepare
Take away the -tu- and the -ate and what do you get? Viper. Appropriate, wouldn’t you say?