He measured its value by its piquancy, by its adaptability to epigrammatic rhymes.
Call it, for the sake of piquancy, "Beethoven and Esterhazy."
He imagined that that sort of thing lent a piquancy to conversation.
And it gains in piquancy from the fact that everybody knows the personages.
He was more famous for his wit than his wisdom; for his piquancy than for piety.