Quality Defined

ISQA Quality AssuranceWhat is Quality?

qual|ity / kwalIti
1. the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something:
synonyms standard, grade, class, classification, calibre, status

2. a distinctive attribute, or characteristic, possessed by someone, or something:
synonyms feature, trait, attribute, characteristic, point, aspect

1. of good quality; excellent
synonyms fine, of high quality, of a high standard, quality, superior

According to the Oxford Dictionary, quality, a word that has been severely corrupted in modern parlance, originated in France in the mid-13th Century, although it can be traced back to Latin (qualitas). Yet, even in slang terms, accompanied by a flick of the wrist, it is something that remains admirable, perhaps even desirable.

Somewhat closer to today, ‘Quality Control’ was first attested in 1935 in the engineering sector. However, it should never be mistaken for either ‘degree of excellence’, or ‘fitness for use’, both of which meet only part of the definition.

We often refer to the quality of something, as a means to define whether it is good, or bad. When you contemplate Roget’s Thesaurus, to find words of similar meaning, a popular descriptive word that pops up consistently is ‘excellence’.

In Spanish, it becomes “calidad“.
In Danish, it becomes “kvalitet“.
In Dutch, it becomes “kwaliteit“.
In Estonian, it becomes “kvaliteet“.
In French, it becomes “qualité“.
In German, it becomes “qualität“.
In Italian, it becomes “qualita“.
In Malaysian, it becomes “kualiti“.

While Slavik languages take a slightly different tack, not just on pronunciation, a clear theme still exists in every other Latin-derived language.

In Czech, it becomes “jakost“(ni).
In Hungarian, it becomes “minöség“.
In Polish, it becomes “jakosc“.

Quality is central to ISQA.
It amplifies everything that we do.
We understand its nuances and its true meaning.
You can ‘Make Quality Count’ with ISQA.