How is the word `acerbic’ pronounced?

The `a’ in the first syllable is like the `a’ in `amount’ and account’; the `cer’ sounds like the word `sir’. The final `ic’ is like the `ick’ in `stick’, `chick’, and `kick’, and the main stress is on the second syllable. The word is pronounced `asirbick’. It comes from the Latin acerbus’ meaning `harsh’.

When you say that someone’s comments were `acerbic’, what you mean is that they were cruel, stinging or bitter tasting.

Examples: Ram’s acerbic wit has made him many enemies.* *Despite the acerbic reviews, Usha’s latest book has become a bestseller.

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – November 06, 2007

 

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