In 1920s era home plan catalogs, like those from Sears and other companies, testimonials were usually included along with the descriptions of the houses. However, the testimonials weren’t glowing by today’s standards; they’re usually along the lines of …
“I have found this house to be perfectly satisfactory for my needs. The kitchen is particularly sufficient.”
“The Chesterfield has an adequate floor plan which my family finds to be satisfactory. The quality of the materials was acceptable.”
Other ads and catalog listings I’ve seen from the 1920s include such … well, adequate-sounding testimonials from product users.
The context of words like “satisfactory” and “adequate” in those testimonials seems like, at one time, those words were once thought of as superlatives. Was that the case?