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goals

noun; zero derivation
something favorable that the speaker would like to have in his or her life
 
The word goals has undergone semantic change as the plural “goals” is used to point out some outstanding example of a large concept. It is commonly used as a standalone phrase “relationship goals”, “friendship goals”, or “life goals” to express approval and desire for the depth or strength of a characteristic exemplified by the detail being pointed out. For example, one might hear that her friend’s boyfriend cooked dinner for her and say “Relationship goals.”
Etymology : zero derivation, semantic change for plural “goals”
Source : "'Broad City' hilariously frames the taboos of being a hot mess in a friendship that is truly goals." The Rice Thresher, Sept 13, 2017 issue
Last modified: 3 December 2017


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