What does PDQ mean?

Pretty darn quick

When you come across the term ‘PDQ’, it’s usually being used to express something that happened really fast. This is a term that can be applied to a variety of situations. For instance, if your meal arrives promptly at a restaurant, you could say to your friend, “The food was amazing, and it was served pdq!”

‘PDQ’ is actually an abbreviation for ‘Pretty Darn Quick’, a phrase that gained popularity during the second World War in the 1940s. This phrase was then shortened to ‘PDQ’ and has continued to be used in this form. It’s also worth noting that the phrase was so popular that it became the name of a well-known chain of convenience stores in the Midwest, which started in 1948 and was bought by Kwik Trip in 2017.

You’ll most often see ‘PDQ’ being used in text messages or online chats. And while ‘Darn’ is the most common word represented by ‘D’ in ‘PDQ’, sometimes, it can also stand for a stronger word.

Example for using ‘PDQ’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see the new episode of our favorite show?

Yes, I watched it PDQ! The plot twists were insane! 😮

I know, right?! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. 😱

Totally! I couldn’t believe how they wrapped it up so quickly. PDQ storytelling at its finest! 🎬