by J. R. Practix
Acerbic: (adj.): a sharp and forthright style of speaking: e.g. his acerbic wit
Nice: I like your outfit.
Mean: Did you dress in the dark?
Acerbic: Oh, I didn’t know that was back in style.
Nice: That was a delicious dinner.
Mean: Thanks for the grub–now I’ll spend the next two days in the toilet.
Acerbic: I see you must have gotten yourself a cookbook without knowing where to locate all the spices.
Nice: I loved your singing.
Mean: Here’s twenty dollars. Take some singing lessons.
Acerbic: Interesting. How would you characterize that style?
As you can see, we all have the chance to be nice–or to take the degrading position of meanness. Unfortunately, I believe that acerbic is just mean people pretending they’re nice … by adding three drops of clever.