VCR Lesson 8 Presentation
Fill in the Blank With the Most Appropriate Word From Lesson 8
And the Word Is...
Bitterly pungent or harsh in taste or smell; sharply stinging.
Alternate uses of Acrid
Complimentary, Kind, Inviting, Sweet
When is Acrid Used?
Often Confused With...
Pungent: strong odor that stings the nose, mostly spicy or acidic
Acrid is more harsh and sharp, not usually used to describe taste
acer <L. "sharp"
acerbo, acerbare, acerbavi, acerbatum <L. "to make sour"
acerbus <L. "bitter" "sour" "harsh"
Choose the Sentence Where ACRID is Used Incorrectly
b. A thick cloud of acrid smoke quickly filled the small cabin once it had caught on fire.
c. I always dread babysitting little Johnny because he is filled with sarcastic, acrid comments that can tend to be offensive.
d. My mother always greets me with an acrid comment, usually beginning with "Hey honey? How was your day?".