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acidulous

Acidulous means sour- or sharp-tasting. It is derived from the word acid, presumably because acidic liquids, such as lemon juice and lime juice, tend to be sour- and sharp-tasting. That is all I have to say about acidulous. I hope that the brevity and banality of this entry hasn’t left an acidulous taste in your […]

acidulate

Wow, this dictionary I’m using has a thing for acid. So far, there have been five acid-related words or terms in a row, acid, acidic, acidify, acid test and now acidulate. And I happen to know that the next word coming up, acidulous, comes from the acid root. With all of these acid-related words appearing […]

acid test

An acid test is a crucial or conclusive test of something. An acid test is so called because the definitive test of whether a substance is gold involves the use of an acid. According to Wikipedia, “The acid test for gold is to rub the gold-colored item on black stone, which will leave an easily […]

acidify

Acidify is a verb that means turn something into an acid. I haven’t the foggiest idea how you would go about doing that or why you would want to. But if you ever do turn something into an acid you now have a word to describe what you did. You’re welcome.

acidic

In the entry on the word acid I suggested you wait until this entry before you threw around the word acidic. I didn’t want you to embarrass yourself by using acidic incorrect. It seems you needn’t have bothered. Acidic means pretty much what you would expect it to mean. Sorry to make you wait. Acidic […]

acid

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 […]