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slashing

[′slash·iŋ]
(textiles)
The stiffening of warp yarn before the spinning operation, using a solution of oil and starch.
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Basso was a slashingly witty critic of the moonlight and magnolia romanticism of the Old South that hypnotized the Southern imagination of the generation before his own, and like many proponents of a New South, he sought a forward looking South that would attend to the concerns of a modernity that will come to the South whether it prepares itself or not.
If you are into Political Correctitude don't read this book--it will only give you apoplexy-but if you like your history slashingly unvarnished and straightforward, you will love it