One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘glass is a brittle material’
breakable, splintery, shatterable, fragile, frail, delicate, frangible
rigid, hard, crisp
2‘she began to speak in a brittle, staccato voice’
harsh, hard, sharp, strident, grating, rasping
3‘a brittle young woman’
edgy, on edge, nervous, unstable, highly strung, anxious, tense, excitable, jumpy, skittish, neurotic, hysterical
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