It has become the fashion here to complain about the air; the Princess de Conti does not want to go out at all and never takes a walk, and neither does [my daughter-in-law]; they are forever having ing purgess, bleedings, acidulous
water, and baths; and what is really exquisite is that they all keep oohing and aahing about my good health.
Schuyler describes Owen as "a facile and acidulous
writer, a man of ready wit and agile tongue endowed with the saving grace of cynicism.
Instead, the messenger's tests (from which no single courtier is spared) serve to diagnose a far more widespread malaise throughout Arthurian ranks, the probative power of the tests themselves being maliciously augmented by Sir Keii's acidulous
'interpretations' of what they reveal, all of which yields a moral profile of the whole Arthurian household glossed in malam partem.
Corresponding to Judge Posner's acidulous
view of the judge as a kind of bureaucrat of modest abilities, hurrying to get through the day's work, is a view of the scholar as a prima donna motivated to astonish at whatever cost to common sense: the judge as tired old man and the scholar as enfant terrible.
Its breakthrough came as late as 1959 when a formerly acidulous
film critic, Francois Truffaut, often thumbs-down on Cannes itself, won the director Palme for his "The 400 Blows.
Ralph Freedman's Life of a Poet follows hard upon other lives--from the pioneering, slightly acidulous
account by E.
It is indeed the case that challenges to the concept of textual stability have found their way (somewhat fashionably) into the kind of revisionist bibliographical practice evident in at least one recent edition of King Lear, and Foakes is diligent in the matter of pondering variant readings, though acidulous
, if not entirely grammatical, in his response to this general tendency: `we may be told that the critics in effect creates the text by putting its meaning into play' (113).
Capote is on assignment for The New Yorker when the Porgy and Bess tour makes its historic debut in Kruschev's Soviet Union, and his acidulous
prose cuts a wide swath.
And the Cruzan case exemplifies the way an attempt to constitutionalize an issue can divert a usefully direct conversation about an issue's basic social and moral dilemmas into inapt, tangential, acidulous
, and fruitless disputation over rights.
She was a frank, sometimes acidulous
annalist of the jazz age.
He traverses a great deal of ground, some of which he previously covered in his study of the 1954 coup in Iran All the Shah's Men, and he is an acidulous
critic of American foreign policy.
British traveler Frances Trollope scoffed in her Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832): "I very seldom, during my whole stay in the country, heard a sentence elegantly turned and correctly pronounced from the tips of an American.