Accent Reduction: Knowing the Idioms of the English Language-Part 16
For those seeking a better command of the English language and enhanced Accent Reduction, a good knowledge of the common English idioms is a must. The English language has acquired its idioms over hundreds of years and not many know the origin of these common vernacular phrases. By gaining knowledge of these English language idioms, it brings you one step closer to grasping all that this language has to offer and how to implement them as well. In this series we present you 3 idioms along with their signification and everyday use:
Idiom 1: Acid Test
Definition: Critical or rigorous testing
Example Sentence: This year’s hockey championship will be an acid test for your team’s abilities.
Origin: The term’s origins come from chemistry. Initially, the acid test referred to the prospectors used in California Gold Rush for the purpose of identifying gold. It’s a known fact that gold doesn’t react with most acids, unlike other base metals, but does react when subjected to aqua regia, a combination of nitric and hydrochloric acids. The acid test had the role of confirming that miners’ findings were indeed represented by gold and not just laborious imitations. The term was first used in “The Burlington Hawk-eye” paper, which dates back to 1877, during the mid-gold rush. It referred to a gold coin of the right weight and proportions which was able to withstand the acid test.