Today’s Word: scold

November 18, 2017     =========

☆  scold しかる


Scold is the formal way of saying “tell someone off”, it means that you speak angrily to them because they have done something wrong. Although it is a formal word, you can use either scold or tell off. The situation might automatically lead you to choose scold rather than the informal version, tell off. Here are some examples:

The school principal scolded me for being late to school.
My mom told me off for being late to school.

I can’t believe the boss scolded you in front of everyone in the office!
I can’t believe the boss told me off in front of my coworkers.

So, as you can see, you can use both, but depending on who is doing the scolding, and why, then you might want to change which word you use.