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Monday, March 23, 2015

Definitions for nonevent

  1. an occurrence of only superficial interest or content; a dull or insignificant occasion.
  2. an event or situation that is anticipated but does not occur or occurs with much less than the expected impact, especially one that has been widely publicized; anticlimax.

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Citations for nonevent
A non-event, says Phil, is better to write about than an event, because with a non-event you can make up the meaning yourself, it means whatever you say it means. Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg, 1983
Even Y2K, our terrifying end-of-the-millennium technological comeuppance, was a nonevent. Kurt Andersen, "The Best Decade Ever? The 1990s, Obviously," New York Times, February 6, 2015
Origin of nonevent
1935-1940
Nonevent came to English in the mid-1900s as a combination of non- and event.