Posted by ESC on July 04, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Where it's at posted by James Briggs on July 04, 2003
: : where it's at
: : what does this expression mean??
: : thanx soo much in advance
: : ciaoo
: : Milena
: Where the main action (of an activity) is taking place and, thus, metaphorically the supposed centre of almost anything - fashion, music etc. In itself the phrase is almost a fashion item and has only come into the English language within the last 50 years.
It's under the "Hippie Counterculture of the 1960s" in "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996):
where it's at -- The core of what is important or what is happening.