Is asperity quantized?

Sunday August 05, 2007 @ 01:34 PM (UTC)

Yesterday I heard Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever” on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She uses, as so many writers before and since, the phrase “a touch of asperity.” Why is it always a touch of asperity? Not a generous helping, or a tablespoon, or a sprinkling? Does asperity only naturally occur in the amount ‘touch’?


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