One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the barb on the hook cut his finger badly’
spike, prong, point, projection, spur, thorn, needle, prickle, spine, quill, bristle, tine
technical spicule, spicula, spiculum, spinule
2‘he ignored the barbs from his critics’
insult, sneer, jibe, cut, cutting remark, shaft, affront, slap in the face, slight, rebuff, brickbat, slur, scoff, jeer, taunt
abuse, disparagement, scoffing, scorn, spite, sarcasm, goading, ridiculing, derision, mockery
informal dig, put-down
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