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This week's theme: words from chemistry.
vitriolic (vi-tree-OL-ik) adjective
Extremely caustic; bitterly scathing.
[From Latin vitrum (glass).]
Sulfuric acid, a highly corrosive substance, was formerly known as oil of vitriol or simply vitriol. It was named vitriol owing to the glassy appearance of its salts.
-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)
"Unlike many other districts in Ventura County, Simi Valley has suffered a steady diet of noisy board meetings, vitriolic letters to the editor and name-calling directed at board members." Mack Reed; Simi Schools in Throes of Tumult, Hope; The Los Angeles Times; Jun 2, 1996.
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest. -Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)