It's not so much an acidulous
response as it is a sly, winking one, a way to acknowledge a given truth with a dash of cynicism, just to keep everything--and everyone--honest.
The hobbyhorses may get trundled out--from feminists to the fashionably politically correct--and duly flogged to death, but the attention to textual detail, with assiduous as well as acidulous
analysis of so many aspects of his giant topics, as often as not helps to keep even some of the wildest flights of the polemic firmly tied to linguistic and literary terra firma.
5) She was noted in literary circles for her 'quick and slightly acidulous
wit', (6) and was a regular and popular figure at literary and theatrical parties during the decade.
Cutting the Lemon the knife leaves a little cathedral: alcoves unguessed by the eye that open acidulous
glass to the light of topazes riding the droplets, altars, aromatic facades.
Sentences cannot be quite so explicit, though I have depicted one of Mark Twain's diatribes against another river pilot ("He was a middle-aged long, slim, bony, smooth-shaven, horse-faced, ignorant, stingy, malicious, snarling, fault-finding, mote-magnifying tyrant") as a towboat pulling behind its noun a long row of barges bearing acidulous
and pejorative adjectives.
In his articles, lectures and books he advanced his unflinching views of the truth with extraordinary vigor, acidulous
wit, conviction, and rhetorical flourish.
On the other hand, Moses had long before Rochdale staked out his reputation as a leading critic of civil rights legislation, and as was typical with Moses, his criticism tended towards the acidulous
The stainless Inox pumps have been tested and evaluated in extreme conditions, pumping both acidulous
and alkali fluids.
wisdom of Mark Twain speaks to us across the ages, and never more than this week during the great congressional mobilization to save America's ports from the dreaded hand of Dubai.
He was perceived as being stiff, formal, acidulous
, snobbish, unsympathetic, sour, cynical, and misanthropic, though no one ever turned down the sumptuous hospitality offered at the Villa Mauresque on that account.