fad

If it’s all the rage, everybody’s into it, your parents don’t get it, and teenage girls across the globe are trying to outdo each other with it, it’s officially a fad.

From hairstyles to hula hoops to saying “that’s hot,” fads are known to rise to crazed levels of popularity seemingly overnight. But they fade out just as fast, leaving late adopters with outdated sayings and some seriously uncool shoes. Much like a fad itself, no one has any real idea where this word came from. But it’s still in fashion some 144 years later.

Definitions of fad
1

n an interest followed with exaggerated zeal

“he always follows the latest fads
Synonyms:
craze, cult, furor, furore, rage
Type of:
fashion
the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior

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