On the edge
Posted by R. Berg on May 29, 2005
In Reply to: On the edge posted by David FG on May 28, 2005
: : : What does this phrase mean in the context of fashion? There has been a debate about this phrase on another forum I visit, but no one seems to have a clear understaning of it. Could someone help me out on this forum? What does it mean that someone's clothes are on the edge? That someone should wear clothes on the edge?
: : I am guessing that it comes from "cutting edge." From Merriam-Webster:
: : Main Entry: cutting edge
: : Function: noun
: : 1 : a sharp effect or quality
: : 2 : the foremost part or place : VANGUARD
: I would guess that too. To 'live life on the edge' means to live a fast, fashionable if not positively dangerous life.
"Edgy" used to mean nervous or irritable. It still does, but a few years ago it gained a second meaning: avant-garde, or on the edge in the sense of bold and radical.