Word to the Wise: Harridan

A “harridan” (HARE-uh-din) – from the French for “worn-out horse” – is a scolding (even vicious) old woman.

Example (as used by Angela Carter in Shaking a Leg): “With the insight of hindsight, I’d have liked to have been able to protect my mother from the domineering old harridan, with her rough tongue and primitive sense of justice, but I did not see it like that, then.”