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15 September 2007

Words of the Moment: Jump the Shark

Jump the Shark, as defined by
"It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now's all downhill. Some call it the climax. We call it "Jumping the Shark." From that moment on, the program will simply never be the same...

The aforementioned expression refers to the telltale sign of the demise of Happy Days, our favorite example, when Fonzie actually "jumped the shark." The rest is history.

Jumping the shark applies not only to TV, but also music, film, even everyday life. "Did you see her boyfriend? She definitely jumped the shark." You get the idea."

Jump the Shark, as defined by Chic and Charming:
To kill something by taking it so far that it becomes ridiculous, and thus no longer bearable.

In the most classic sense of the phrase, the Gilmore Girls jumped the shark when Rory stole a yatch, dropped out of college, moved in with her grandparents and joined the DAR.

In terms of trend, the Louis Vuitton logo bag jumped the shark when you saw a pack of twelve year-olds carrying matching ones as they stampeded past you into Hollister at a suburban mall.
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1 comment:

bride of rochester said...

That is the most bizarre thing i have seen all week. Thanks!