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The term fast food goes back to at least 1951, an industry 
term describing the new trend, now ubiquitous, 
of restaurants providing food - fast food. Its oldest 
use characterizes the service (for example, the fast 
food service) before extending to the food served itself. 
The prototype of fast food restaurants started in England 
when fish and chip shops opened in 1860. This provided
 fast, portable and filling food on the go for dockers and 
other city dwellers. In 1921, White Castle opened the first 
modern fast food restaurant selling the now familiar burgers
 and fries. In the 1950s, the term fast food appeared to 
describe this type of takeout meal available in new friendly 
restaurants such as McDonald's, now synonymous with 
fast food around the world. Fast food had become so 
familiar, both as a term and a phenomenon, in the 1970s 
that fast food was used metaphorically for any inexpensive 
mass product (for example, a fast food education or fast food

 WHO USES FAST FOOD? Fast food is widely 

used in speech and writing to refer to a meal or food prepared 
and served quickly. It can be a name (we ate fast food during
 our road trip) or an adjective (fast food fries are fatty but delicious).
 Fast food typically connotes burgers and fries, as sold, often through 
drive-through, by big brands such as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's 
and Hardee's / Carl's Jr. But fast food also includes sandwiches (metro),
 burritos (chipotle), fried chicken (KFC), pizza (Pizza Hut), Chinese cuisine 
(Panda Express), desserts (Dairy Queen) and even coffee (Starbucks). 
Especially in Europe, fast food includes skewers, gyroscopes and fish and chips.

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