Word of the Day:
- to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: He was excoriated for his mistakes.
- to strip off or remove the skin from: Her palms were excoriated by the hard labor of shoveling.
It was common knowledge to all who were acquainted with him that Bob’s happiness level or—God forbid—unhappiness level was fluid and ever-shifting. This is not to say that he was somehow bipolar or cruel, merely that he was completely unafraid to thoroughly excoriate anyone who dared make a mistake—especially if the mistake was his.
So when Bob decided to go to work for Hallmark and subsequently realized that this was the greatest mistake of his sternly unsentimental life, the office (filled with quick learners, the lot of them) quickly emptied to allow him a moment of self-scolding.
“But what on Earth is wrong with you?!” he whispered at himself. “I have no romantic or tender or emotional inclinations, and I, in all my infinite wisdom, knowing this, decided to work for the sappiest company on the planet!” He sighed heavily.
His resignation was typed up and delivered thirty minutes later.