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FAT/PHAT

adjective; zero derivation
Stylish and fashionable; having likeable characteristics. (‘a fat shirt’) Possible reason used: The speaker wanted to describe the car in an amusing way and convey his opinion of the car at the same time. He probably also wanted to sound cool and fashionable. Obviously, a car can’t be plump or overweight. FAT’s pronunciation and grammatical purpose are identical to fat’s, but the meanings are entirely different. There seems to be a trend these days in slang of giving old words new meanings. A similar example would be the word cool. Cool in its original form means ‘chilly,’ but in its newly acquired context means ‘awesome’ or ‘splendid.’ Cool might have served as a model for coining FAT
 
“That car is FAT,”
Etymology : (The known adjective fat given a new meaning)
Source : said my brother when we were talking about the new BMW model.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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