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'Jump the couch' Is Top Slang Term Of 2005

Tom Cruise's antics on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" spawned the term, "jump the couch", and it's now been named 2005 Slang of the Year.

The term means "to exhibit strange or frenetic behavior", editors of the Dictionary of American Slang said in announcing their choice Friday.

Shortly after Cruise wildly professed his love for his pregnant fiancee Katie Holmes (photosKatie Holmes photos) by jumping on Winfrey's couch, the term "jump the couch" popped up in The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and all the media.

"Jump the couch" is a spinoff of "jump the shark", a slang term sparked by an episode of "Happy Days" in which Fonzie jumped a shark on water skies and the popular series went downhill from there.

Ironically, oddly similar to what has happened with Cruise. After his sofa jumping on Oprah, as well as his many public displays of affection for Holmes, Cruise's popularity has gone downhill as well.

December 30, 2005 |

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