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acerb/acerbic: acerb/acerbic: 1. Sour or bitter tasting; acid. 2. Sharp or biting, as in character or expression: "At times, the playwright allows an acerbic tone to pierce through otherwise arid or flowery prose" (Alvin Klein). American Heritage Dictionary
Whenever the literary German dives into ... Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last
you are going to see of him until he emerges on the other side of his
Atlantic with his verb in his mouth. Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court