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Formally this can be analysed as an example of metonymy, a figure of speech in which a term that denotes one thing is used to refer to a related thing [Wikipedia]. Here, the name Zodanga (which normally refers to a person) is used to refer to his actions (which are a related thing). — What happened here? — Zodanga arrived and caused mayhem. The ...


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In addition to Andrew's very fine answer, I'd like to point out that 'Person's name happened' can also signify the start of a relationship or meeting someone who made an impression. I was just living my life, and then, all of a sudden, Silvia happened.


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I would also like to point out that Zodanga was, in fact, the name of a city in the story (John Carter is based on A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs). This doesn't invalidate the accepted answer, except perhaps the example. — Zodanga happened. — Zodanga arrived and caused mayhem. — Zodanga's military arrived and ...


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It's slightly humorous and playing on the ungrammatical-ness. Something like, "Zodanga is such a larger-than-life person, that when I say 'Zodanga happened,' you understand he is a force and know exactly what I mean." Perhaps most analogous to "a tornado happened," as a tornado is a noun whose mere presence indicates event-like qualities.


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There are actually two clauses conjoined in v.5; the second is reduced by ellipsis and supplemented by an appositive NP bound to mediator; v.6 begins with a further supplementation, a relative clause modifying the appositive. The second half of v.6 is an infinitive adjunct, but it is not clear what precisely it modifies; my reading would be that it modifies ...


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Remember the once-running Yahoo chat rooms? Now: A: What happened to Yahoo chat rooms? B: Facebook happened! The same story here.


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BTW when non-native-english-speakers are asking about an idiom - we often forget to point out the obvious! This figure of speech is a humorous twist on an earlier figure of speech .. "Shit happens." Fully explained here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shit_happens Now, "shit happens" was a catchy phrase, and people standing changing it to a nice word (which ...



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