I feel like there is a word on the tip of my tongue for something that is particularly relevant in the current climate but I can't quite get it. Can anyone help me out?

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    In BrE, 'umbrella'. Seriously, 'big thing', usually in 'the next big thing', is often used informally for something considered important / fashionable at a certain time by the masses. May 22, 2018 at 11:30
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    It's topical - and climate change is literally becoming a hot topic. May 22, 2018 at 11:52

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Maybe the word you are looking for is: topical?

As per Cambridge Dictionary: topical adjective (HAPPENING NOW): of interest at the present time; relating to things that are happening at present.

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    Welcome. This answer would greatly improved if you could provide context on why you think it is correct. A good way to start is a dictionary definition.
    – Skooba
    May 22, 2018 at 12:49
  • Up-voted pending a link to reference.
    – Nigel J
    May 22, 2018 at 13:31

germane TFD

Related to a matter at hand, especially to a subject under discussion


Consider apropos:

Very appropriate to a particular situation.
the composer's reference to child's play is apropos
the song feels apropos to a midnight jaunt
Oxford Living Dictionaries

Or pertinent:

Relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite.
‘she asked me a lot of very pertinent questions’
‘practitioners must consider all factors pertinent to a situation’
Oxford Living Dictionaries


English borrows words and phrases from other languages quite extensively, and so as well as the existing excellent suggestions of "topical" and "germane", I would add the borrowed French phrase "au courant" which is accepted in English useage in all relevant dictionaries, and adds an implication of literal currency in cultural context.

From Merriam-Webster (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/au%20courant)

a : fully informed : up-to-date
b : fashionable, stylish au courant outfits
2 : fully familiar : conversant

So you might say, for example: *"I try to stay au courant in the architectural facade world"*.

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    References are good but you must properly attribute them (i.e. mention the name/link of the source and use blockquote format for the quote).
    – Laurel
    May 22, 2018 at 15:36

In Vogue

Adj. in the current fashion or style

(Free Dictionary)

Feminism is really in vogue, what with the Me Too movement.

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