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Word of the day

chasten

verb

1. to correct by punishment or suffering : discipline; also : purify

2a. to prune (something, such as a work or style of art) of excess, pretense, or falsity : refine

2b. to cause to be more humble or restrained : subdue

-Merriam-Webster

“My hubris awakened the wrath of the Phlegm Gods who long ago decreed that should one choose to live in Austin, ‘It’s not if you will develop allergies, it’s when.’ To chasten me they sent us one of the wettest winters on record just to get every tree, shrub and blade of grass within breathing distance in the mood.”

– Sarah Bird, The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, April 14, 2019.