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Etymology [ edit ]
Unknown. Possibly related to
shag ( “ shredded tobacco ” ). The "marijuana" sense is attested since the 1980s in the United States, the adjective since the 1990s. The "trinkets or items given away" sense is a variant of from 19th century thieves' cant. swag
Pronunciation [ edit ]
schwag ( ) uncountable
( slang ) Low-grade or commercial-grade marijuana.
2002, Joe Babcock, The Tragedy of Miss Geneva Flowers, Closet Case Books, , page 157: ISBN 0972048405
The stuff tasted good, better than the usual shwag. I handed him his pipe back, then pulled out my wallet. "Is twenty good?"
( slang ) Alternative form of .
swag ( “ trinkets or promotional items given away at an event ” )
2004, Blaise Cronin, Jeremiad Jottings, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, , page 91: ISBN 0810849518
National pride deserves something more than a fistful of freebies from a governmental schwag bag or the wearing of any one of the staggering array of commercially available pins.
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Adjective [ edit ]
schwag ( not ) comparable
( US , slang ) inferior; low-grade
References [ edit ]
Jonathon Green (2016), “schwag”, in
Green's Dictionary of Slang