Welcome to American English Idioms: Lesson 2. In this lesson you have 3 American English idioms to read, listen to, translate, and pronounce in English. Please focus and do your best so that you can learn and improve your knowledge of American English idioms. Don’t forget to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned today.

Directions 1: Watch the video 2 or more times, and pay close attention to the audio and text.

Directions 2: Read the following text in English, then translate it using the translator on this page into your language if needed. When you finish, feel free to write a comment in the comments section below and let us know how you feel about what you’ve learned, as well as what you’ve learned.


The acid test is a measure of worth that, in the context of business, has come to mean an essential or crucial test.

The ACID TEST, or the most crucial or important test of worth, is a way to determine whether something is acceptable and of good quality. It is often used in relation to the chemical test, the litmus paper test, and various tests of pH levels.

The term ACID TEST is a metaphor from an ancient time where metals were tested by putting them in a pot of liquid and seeing if they dissolved or not. The term ACID TEST has been used in academia to describe a test that determines the most crucial or important factor that underlies a given issue.

The ACID test is one of the most important tests that can be done on an item. It stands for atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability. This test states that if an item is to be durable it needs to have these qualities. If any one of these are not present then it will not be able to be considered an item with durability.


As a means of drawing attention to the disadvantages of a system, “Across the board” is often used as a term that refers to the systematic, or structural, disadvantages that are present in all cases. Similarly, it can also refer to a policy change which affects all participants equally. For example, an across-the-board increase in taxes would apply uniformly to all taxpayers.

ACROSS THE BOARD is an expression used to refer to an indiscriminate, even-handed treatment of all people, objects, or conditions.

Across the board is a term used to explain when something applies equally to everyone, in all cases. This term is most often used in business or academia. For example, at a meeting of the board of directors, when someone suggests an idea that they want the entire company to adopt it would be said that this person wants “across the board” adoption.

ACROSS THE BOARD- the idea of equal treatment for everyone. ACROSS THE BOARD- means it is applied to all cases. ACROSS THE BOARD- does not mean that people are treated equally in every scenario, but that the overall treatment is equal. ACROSS THE BOARD- can also refer to an agreement between two people or organizations where the same rules are applied without exceptions.


Behavioral psychologists maintain that the things people do (actions) are more important than the words they say (words), but in reality, the opposite is true. Actions speak louder than words because it is through actions that people reveal themselves to themselves and others. People who act in ethical ways demonstrate their good character to others, while those who act in less than ethical ways show others what they are capable of doing when they are not constrained by ethics or morals.

Though actions speak louder than words, they also can be deceiving. When people make promises and do not uphold them, they call themselves liars. It is easy to believe someone when they say they will attend an event or help out with a project, but it is hard to know if the things are actually true. Actions are often more powerful than words because they are perceived to be more sincere.

Actions speak louder than words. One’s actions are more important than their words. For example, if someone says they are going to do something but never does it then their word is not worth listening to. However, if the person does what they promised then their word is valuable and can be trusted.

The phrase “actions speak louder than words” can be interpreted to mean that the way in which the individual lives their life is more important than what they say. This phrase often refers to people who are being hypocritical or are living in a way that contradicts their beliefs. It is easy for someone to say something, but it takes courage and hard work for them to live up to these ideals in day-to-day life.

3 thoughts on “ACID TEST, ACROSS THE BOARD, and ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS: American English Idioms #2

  1. Hello , Hind from Iraq .
    Across the board , equally for everyone , for every thing , in all case .
    Iraqi political did not use his power across the board for Iraqi people

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