stick like glue

rough as a cat’s tongue, barbed words hook into marrow, extraction painful

The Twiglets prompt

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beware the undertow

distant murmuration left behind after storm of criticism.

Murmuration: ORIGIN late Middle English: from French, from Latin murmuratio(n-), from murmurare ‘to murmur.’ The usage as a collective noun dates from the late 15th cent.