rare

rare
adj
British
1.
an all-purpose term of approbation, often employed as an exclamation by schoolchildren since the 1980s, espe-cially in the north of England and Scot-land. This sense of the word probably originated in black youth-culture in the USA and was transmitted via rap, skate-boarding terminology, etc. Rare was pre-viously used as a generalised vogue term in this way by mods briefly in 1966. It was used as long ago as the 16th century, with sporadic examples in between.
2.
unpleasant, unattractive, inappropriate. Probably a deliberate reversal of the earlier slang usage, since around 2000 this has been a vogue term of disapproval among UK teenagers.
See also raar

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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