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Whatever the issue of the day, there is an underlying touchiness in the relationship that calls for study and understanding on both sides of the border.
Such objections can be shrugged off as eccentricities of the Christian right, but that is not so easy with Muslim touchiness about blasphemy.
There Podhoretz wrote about his "hatred" for blacks, the "disgusting prurience that stirs in me at the sight of a mixed couple," and "the violence that can stir in me whenever I encounter the special brand of paranoid touchiness to which many Negroes are prone.
Yet it says something about our touchiness as a nation that 200 people were prepared to take the time and trouble to register their whinges in the first place.
Common sense utilitarianism ignores expressive harm due to error or what is considered excessive touchiness.
71) The way the citizen points the question at Bloom reveals his touchiness about the question of identity.
The snarling black dog, baring its teeth and yanking on its chain, becomes my leashed sexual hunger, my violent hatred, my touchiness when anything comes too near my proprium .
23) Whatever his touchiness on the question of America's preeminence in the Western Hemisphere, he valued the new Anglo-American entente as a most valuable asset in world politics.
This is all heady stuff for a cartoonist who's developed a bit of touchiness over the years about his place in American culture.
Norman Blogster is, of course, a nom de plume which, given the hair-trigger touchiness of some big-beast architects, seems like a sensible though not totally admirable idea.
But, working mostly from the neck up (a few flashbacks and fantasy sequences add variety to a mostly flat-on-his-back performance), Bardem gives Sampedro enough vulnerability, fear and touchiness to keep the character's limp feet on the ground.
But he's working hard and he shows a hint of patriotic touchiness when it is pointed out that the last British winner of the Open was Paul Lawrie in 1999.