Wow! What a great word I discovered yesterday!
I was researching Sweden, Iceland, and English traits. It came up under the Icelandic sense of humor. See this writer´s blog for for the full article. Now, often in the past I have bee criticized for not smiling. Reason being, often my humor is either 1.) very dark 2.) somewhat snide and or abrasive. I found the perfect word that encompasses my sometimes unfamiliar humor.
1.) (especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright.
2.) tasting sour or bitter.
"Folk here are wonderfully acerbic. Notoriously so. Which means a very take-the-piss sense of humour, expressions devoid of… expression, and self-directed jokes about how dry and expressionless they are."
The writer was commenting on Icelanders and their absence of smiles, and sharp forthright humor. Of course, I love the Icelanders, and sometimes já I may attempt emulating some of their behavior, but maybe there's a reason I like the Icelanders. Perhaps it is I gravitate to Iceland because my humor isn't so out of place there. I'm not acerbic all of the time. I can be quite ridiculous in fact. However, when I found the word, it felt nice to have a reason for the criticism three syllables long.
Cultural critics have called Icelanders, pedantic, quiet, grave and solemn. What can you ask for? Iceland is a giant volcano out in the middle of the Atlantic bordering the Arctic circle, with towns and homes washed away by floods, or covered in ash on an almost yearly basis. Any wonder why a people might have a solemn or grave demeanor? I guess they save their smiles for the ones who are going to stick around long enough.