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Monday, January 19, 2009

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From Merriam-Webster.

Vitriol

Pronunciation: \’vi-trē-əl\

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French vitriole, from Medieval Latin vitriolum, alteration of Late Latin vitreolum, neuter of vitreolus glassy, from Latin vitreus vitreous

Date: 14th century

1 a: a sulfate of any of various metals (as copper, iron, or zinc); especially: a glassy hydrate of such a sulfate b: oil of vitriol

2 :something felt to resemble vitriol especially in caustic quality; especially: virulence of feeling or of speech

vit·ri·ol·ic \’vi-trē-‘ä-lik\ adjective

"Do they merit vitriol, even a drop of it? Yes, because they corrupt the young, persuading them that the mature world, which produced Beethoven and Schweitzer, sets an even higher value on the transient anodynes of youth than does youth itself. For this they stink to heaven." – Anthony Burgess on intellectuals who praise pop music. Snarky old toff, ennee?

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