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Quality

clipping adjective
High quality, very good
 
This is used in an informal setting to describe something that is very good, often used as a descriptor for food or experiences. It does not need to be further specified when used in an informal setting as it is widely understood, but it can only mean “high quality” without any other modifiers; any other description of quality needs to be specified. It is fairly widespread but generally only around young people who use slang with their friends, and potentially in an urban/suburban setting.
Etymology : This is a clipping of the phrase or compound “high quality” and has the same meaning. Quality comes from the PIE root “kwo” which is related to asking questions. This came into Latin as qualitas, “a quality” which may have been created by Cicero. It passed into Old French as qualite, and from there into English in the 1300s. The clipped term, at least in my experience, is from the late 2010s.
Source : Said by my friend in describing a restaurant, October 2019
Last modified: 10 December 2019


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