Interested in Language
Please, dear teachers and friends...
Could you shed some light on this?
I am trying to figure out what completes this sentence:
You touch[ed] it with a
You touched it in a
meaning someone has broken up some bad news, unexpected news, getting right to the point.
Have you ever heard of such sentence?
Last edited by Offroad; 06-May-2009 at 20:40.
This thread is 18 days old, I never thought someone would bring it back to the surface!
You touched it with a needle!
something like that, meaning "well observed"! I heard it on an English TV serie, "Rome", like a few days ago. Not sure I spelled it right!
Yes, I think jaykaylam's suggestion comes closest; 'touch a nerve', or - if slightly more hostile - 'hit a nerve'. But, as the context was Rome I imagine the writer wanted to avoid reference to medical knowledge that the Romans may not have had.
Also, the writer may have been aware of the Latin expression rem acu tangere [='to touch the matter with a needle']. But that phrase wasn't used so much to refer to touching on a sensitive topic; it meant 'to hit the nail on the head' - to go right to the heart of the matter; to make an acute observation.