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Whale

adjective; folk etymology
Used to express something cool or awesome, typically only in spoken slang.
 
“You traveled to Australia this summer? That’s so whale!” -overheard conversation with advisor
Etymology : Whale from Old English "hwael" and Proto-Germanic “khwalaz”, similar to Latin for “a large sea fish”: “squalus”. Modernly used in the 1900s to mean a large unit or example, which most likely led to the meaning “excellent, awesome”.
Source : overheard conversation with advisor, 2013
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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