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happening

adjective
in style, up-to-date
 
If an event is “happening”, this means that many people are at that event. Similarly, if an outfit is “happening”, this means that the outfit is in style and current. This word changed from the word “happening” meaning occurring to meaning in style at the moment. This could be because the word means that something is occurring at the moment and it only changed slightly to mean that something is popular at the moment.
Etymology : Conversion from a verb to an adjective. The verb to “happen” is circa 1300, meaning “to occur.”
Source : A friend asked if the party was “happening.” What she wanted to know was if there was a large amount of people at the party. (10/25/13)
Last modified: 23 November 2013


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