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April 9th, 2014
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From:forthright
Date:April 10th, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
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My theory is that the culprit here is 'quantum leap', which, in context, refers to a discontinuous jump from one state to another, and thus to a qualitative rather than just a gradual, quantitative shift. From there, you get a 'quantum leap' as a radical/large leap, which turns 'quantum' into an adjective meaning 'large'.
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From:wererogue
Date:April 10th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
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I'm with you on quantum leap, but I could easily believe that it was much less sensible and that people think that it means big because it sounds impressive, which is probably worsened by association with the Quantum Leap TV show.
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