Accent Reduction Tips

Many of our clients at Accent Pros, who come in for accent reduction sessions, have advanced degrees and have excellent command of the English language. Given the evolving state of the English language; however, they may not understand informal slang and phrases that are regularly used in the workplace, and on various popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Occasionally our clients will understand the meaning of an idiom, but use it in an improper context, which could potentially have embarrassing consequences. In our continuing efforts to  feature only the most relevant and practical terms when helping you achieve accent reduction goals, here are three idioms that have become standard shorthand in the workplace.

Accent Reduction idiom 1 Firing  on all cylinders/fire on all cylinders

Definition: A person or thing that is working as well as can be expected and at peak efficiently, resulting in high creative output and/or speed.

Example: “We were worried everyone getting in their expense reports by the end of the month, but thanks to caffeine and paid overtime, the team was able to fire on all cylinders.”

Origin:  A combustion engine derives its power from its cylinders and is thus at its most effective when they are all firing at the same time, as is by extension the car. Age and the rigors of regular use erode the cylinders.  accent reduction  


Accent Reduction Idiom 2 Reinvent the wheel

Definition: Don’t try to recreate something that has already been achieved or make things unnecessarily complex.

Example: “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, Fred! Just check the American Literature syllabus on the course website and you’ll have a better idea of how to structure your essay.”

Origin: Of unknown English origin used to describe an exercise that is futile, usually in regards to a task or job.

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Accent Reduction Idiom 3: To vent your spleen

Definition: Letting out all your anger about something.

Example: “Pam keeps trying to use the old copier but it’s so ancient that documents come out looking blurry and off center. She’s tried all morning to fix it and now the papers are getting jammed. She’s down in the parking lot venting her spleen on the dumpster.”

Origin: For a long time it was believed that one’s anger was stored, or centralized, in the spleen. Venting the spleen was seen as a healthy activity that allowed for the pressure in the spleen  caused by anger to be safely released.  accent reduction


Accent Reduction idioms series

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