today's wwftd is... vapulation
- the worthless word for the day is: vapulation
[fr. L. vapulare, to be beaten]
obs. : a beating or flogging
file under corporal punishment (cf bastinado, lapidation, etc.)
"The defendant, however, not minding whether the battery he
had inflicted on the plaintiff was severe or light, still
threatened him with further vapulation."
- The Times, Aug. 7, 1824
"Still used by judges to avoid public outcry when they
sentence prisoners to "three months jail and ten vapulations.""
- Toxic Custardpedia