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Attic salt

dry, delicate wit.
Historical Examples

There is the attic salt which springs from the charm in the words, from the flash of wit, from the spirited and brilliant sally.
Book of Wise Sayings W. A. Clouston

Alas, if I had only taken the supposed rapidity of my progress with a grain of attic salt!
Atlantic Classics Various

Thibauts songs blended the courteous poetry of the troubadour tradition with the attic salt of his own most civilized Champagne.
How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O’Reilly

And all the while I was tugging at my box of attic salt, to get it open, to get a pinch.
Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump; Herbert George Wells

refined incisive wit


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