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In honor of the late, “turn on, tune in, drop out,” Timothy Leary, I will get the druggy definition of acid out of the way first. Acid is another word for Lysergic acid diethylamide, aka LSD, a hallucinogen popular in the long-haired-hippy-freak-infested 1960s.

For the record, I have never used LSD or any other hallucinogenic drug. Despite becoming a teenager in the mid-1960s, I haven’t even tried marijuana. Hell, I rarely use acetylsalicylic acid, aka aspirin, a legally acceptable acid with no hallucinogenic effects. My poison is wine and I only occasionally drink that to moderate excess, and never to excessive excess, if you’ll pardon the redundancy. And I keep within the legal limit when I’m driving.

I’m not saying this just because there may be police checking out this entry. I’m saying it because it’s true. But if there are any police reading this, please take note.

Beyond the druggy acid, acid is a chemical that neutralizes alkalis. If you are too young to have taken high school chemistry yet, if you played hooky during high school chemistry, or if you, like me, are too old to remember high school chemistry, you’re probably wondering what that means. So am I. If you expect me to look it up you obviously don’t know me very well. Please look it up yourself and let us know in a comment.

Acids can also corrode some metals. And they turn litmus paper red. Litmus paper, now that’s a blast from the past. I guess I still do retain one or two feeble memories of high school chemistry.

Acid is also an adjective meaning sour-tasting. This definition is derived from the fact that edible acids are usually sour-tasting.

I imagine that inedible acids are also sour tasting, but I’m not going to taste them to confirm that because I don’t want to get sick or, worse, die. Did I mention they were inedible?

The adjective acid can also mean that the noun that the adjective is modifying has a pH of less than 7. Damn! There’s that high school chemistry again. As always, if you want more information please don’t be so lazy. Look it up. It’s not that hard. They have something called the Internet these days. I’m sure you can find some information about pH there.

You can also use the adjective acid to describe steel made in a furnace lined with an acidic material. You could use the word that way, but acidic is the next entry in my dictionary, so maybe you’d better wait until we get there rather than risk making a fool of yourself by throwing the word acidic around recklessly.

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