This is one of those words of which everyone knows what they mean until you ask the question You can't claim that one version is true unless you provide ample and convincing evidence. Like this.chop strumming is completely different than a players "chops"
and I don't think I have ever said "end of story" in my entire life
not trying to be the ..... "end of story" guy.... just clarifying
when a player says call this cat he has chops.... he simply means he can hang... thats it
It's not because "chops" was used in the 50s that that is where the expression comes from. Chops are much older than that, they originate from pre-stone age China. They used to eat a dish called chop choi (which itself was even much more ancient still) with little wooden sticks which, before the stone age, were pretty much the only tools available at that time. At some point, Lao Tse, advisor to the emporer back then, between two of his unintelligible books that were nevertheless to become world-famous, suggested why don't we use chops for all dishes so we don't get our hands dirty? That was so massively clever than 1 billion Chinese adopted the idea immediately. By the way Lao Tse was from northern China and during the repeated invasions by Genghis Khan, Tse's family moved east-ward, waded through the Bering street which was pretty shallow back then, installed themselves in Canada which was completely empty and changed their name to Peart. Meanwhile chops were living their golden age and used everywhere in Chinese cuisine. They even developed a 2A Wok version for cooking (usually mispronounced as Rock by westerners). Now mind you this was still before the stone age, so no sharp objects (later to become knives) were available and eating with chops was not all that easy as it is today. I mean for the Chinese In fact it was so difficult it was used as a passage ritual for young boys. On a young boy's 15th birthday the family would gather around the dinner table and when the clock struck eight, father would ask "Wang (or Chang), you got the chops?" and the guy would show his family his skills. To challenge the young boy, mothers started to serve more and more different dishes, preferably in some funny prime number like 7 or 19, and require the young boy to count out loud while eating. Nowadays this tradition is still very much alive and you can see many examples on youtube, although some will say speed has become more important than how the food actually tastes.
I can ramble on about the Ping dinasty (they came right after the Mings) that got tired of eating out of porcelain and switched to bronze dishes, but that's for another thread...