Definitions

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  • n. failure to occur
  • n. something that does not happen; a nonevent or anticlimax

Etymologies

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non- +‎ happening

Examples

  • Jack Burden, for his part, knows all too well that "the world is a great snowball rolling downhill and it never rolls uphill to unwind itself back to nothing at all and nonhappening."

    Die Preußische Staatsbibliothek

  • That didn't happen, the nonhappening of which made the news because the transgressor of social norms was Clay Aiken.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • So I did that, but the world is a great snowball rolling downhill and it never rolls uphill to unwind itself back to nothing at all and nonhappening. posted by Jim Chen at 11:40 PM

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • It wasn't "Why do you work at Shirl's?" but "Why do we live in such a nonhappening place, why didn't you finish college and get your English degree, why didn't you get a great job, become an executive, maybe, or at least marry one, someone we could have lived with instead of him, why don't you own your own restaurant, why is that a cube of ice in your glass and not the moon?"

    The End of the Pier

  • Late Autumn might have with its predecessor, the similarities are more significant, particularly a quality that Michael Atkinson attributed to Ozu's Zen-infused sensibility translates on film to something like the art form's nascent formal beauty: patiently watching little happen, and the meditative moments around the nonhappening, until it becomes crashingly apparent that lives are at stake and the whole world is struggling to be born. '"

    GreenCine Daily

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