1

So, this is from the musical Sweeney Todd, where Todd sings to Mrs. Lovett in A Little Priest:

Mrs. Lovett, how I lived without you all these years I'll never know. How delectable, also undetectable. How choice, how rare.

I don't quite grasp the meaning behind it.

closed as off-topic by TimLymington, FumbleFingers, Edwin Ashworth, Drew, Chenmunka Aug 24 '15 at 18:00

  • This question does not appear to be about English language and usage within the scope defined in the help center.
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 2
    Choice means "high quality", as in "choice cuts of meat". Synonyms are "prime", "excellent", "superior", "first-class". – Seth Jeffery Aug 20 '15 at 20:05
  • Okay, so, choice is an adjective there. And it is part of the how + adjective phrase. It is basically denoting the level of 'choiceness'. Thanks! @SethJeffery – TMuskett Aug 20 '15 at 20:50
  • 4
    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a simple unfamiliarity with an adjectival form. The question would probably have fitted better on English Language Learners, but since OP has his answer, there is no need to migrate it. – TimLymington Aug 20 '15 at 23:21
  • Note that "choice", in this sense, tends to be use sarcastically with considerable frequency. – Hot Licks Aug 21 '15 at 2:08
1

Being a premium choice or example essentially becomes a metric as to how "choice" that selection is. It feels like slang, but is a legitimate use, often used in describing foodstuffs like the earlier comment pointed out. There is another adjectival usage, but that usage puts a harsh or rude spin on the word, with respect to speech, a la "having some choice words with someone". Even then it could be viewed as selecting the premium words for that kind of verbal abuse.

  • Right, I get it now. I wasn't aware of the adjectival function of choice. It is crystal clear now. Thank you! – TMuskett Aug 20 '15 at 20:53
  • Could you accept this answer? Or maybe Seth Jeffery can submit his comment as an answer and you could accept that one, since he was technically first (and correct). – Dex Stakker Aug 21 '15 at 2:50
  • I tried to do that yesterday, but it seems I'm not very familiar with the website yet. – TMuskett Aug 21 '15 at 12:22

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.