I was attending my college re-union and a speaker just said that "Having an ebook reader is status quo". Apparently, it means that it is in vogue or in fashion.
I do not think it is the correct usage. But I am a bit confused. Can someone clarify?
Status Quo comes from the Latin statu quo which literally means "the state in which". Defined as
To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are.
So we have:
Given that, I'd say the speaker is grammatically correct, but misusing status quo.
But, if it that were correct, you would have to use the article the.
I can't find that usage anywhere, either.
It's not the normal usage and I haven't heard it before - I would say they were wrong.
"Having an ebook is the norm" or "Having an ebook is the standard" ?