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shwag or schwag

noun; blending and clipping
low quality weed that is brown, filled with stems and seeds, and comes in bricks. My first encounter with this word was this year, my first year in college, when I overheard a group of people discussing the quality of marijuana that they had just bought. They said that they got ripped off because they paid a lot of money, and it was bad batch. Shocked that weed or pot had multiple levels of freshness, I asked a friend about it who responded as if it was a common term. Thus, I concluded that shwag has been in the language for awhile, and I had just not heard of it. Since there are two spellings and nobody I asked could agree on one, I have some up with two ways the word has come into the English language thus making it an allomorpheme with two different sources of origin but derived into similar meanings. One origin of the word is in slang when referring to the trashy or cheap trinkets given out by companies as promotions. This way it is spelled schwag, which was originally spelled ‘swag,’ an acronym for Stuff We All Get. Thus, it would be describing low grade and practically free marijuana. The other spelling has the same definition but has a different origin probably stemming from the younger generations because schwag is an old fashioned term for free goods. It is a blend and clipping of “sh**ty bag of weed” and is spelled shwag. This way makes since this type of marijuana is suppose to come in chunks and have a brown color.
 
I did not have enough money for quality pot, so I bought shwag (or schwag) instead.
Etymology : sh(it) + w(eed) + (b)ag
Source : friend
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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