One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, thin stick of plastic, paper, or wood with a cotton-wool swab at each end, used in personal hygiene, first aid, etc. [In the plural form Q-tips a trademark.]
1920s; earliest use found in Lancaster (Ohio) Daily Eagle. From Q, the initial letter of quality + tip.
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