distortus:

The Scold’s Bridle, a British invention, possibly originated in Scotland, was used between the 16th and 19th Century and it was a device used to control, humiliate and punish gossiping, troublesome women by effectively gagging them. Scold comes from the ‘common scold’: a public nuisance, more often than not women, who habitually gossiped and quarrelled with their neighbours, while the name bridle describes the part that fitted into the mouth.Sometimes the device had a ring and chain attached to it so the husband could parade her around town and the town’s people could scold her and treat her with contempt; at times smearing excrement on her and beating her, sometimes to death.

distortus:

The Scold’s Bridle, a British invention, possibly originated in Scotland, was used between the 16th and 19th Century and it was a device used to control, humiliate and punish gossiping, troublesome women by effectively gagging them. Scold comes from the ‘common scold’: a public nuisance, more often than not women, who habitually gossiped and quarrelled with their neighbours, while the name bridle describes the part that fitted into the mouth.
Sometimes the device had a ring and chain attached to it so the husband could parade her around town and the town’s people could scold her and treat her with contempt; at times smearing excrement on her and beating her, sometimes to death.

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