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The word acoustic can act as either an adjective or a noun.

As adjectives, you can use acoustic and acoustical interchangeable, because that’s the sort of generous, freewheeling language English is.

In it’s adjective form acoustic can mean either of two things. For one, it might mean related to sound or to the sense of hearing.

The adjective acoustic can also refer to a musical instrument. If so, it means that the instrument doesn’t have any electronic amplification.

For the record, if you are planning a surprise birthday for me and you are going to hire musicians for it, just to let you know, I usually prefer acoustic to electric instruments. That’s particularly true if the musicians with the electric instruments are tempted to raise the volume on their amplifiers to a level that could be used to demolish large, sturdy buildings.

As a noun, acoustic refers to the science of sound. I like that alliteration. The science of sound. Say it with me. The science of sound. OK, be a stick-in-the-mud. Don’t say it with me. See if I care.

Science of sound. Science of sound. Science of sound.

Now that I’ve got that out of my system, I’ll continue. As a noun, acoustics can also mean the sound qualities of a room, possibly a concert hall.

Science of sound. Sorry about that. I had one more in me.

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