Oprah’s ‘Aha Moment’ Added To Webster Dictionary

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The catch phrase, made famous by Oprah Winfrey an “aha moment” has been added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. The phrase is to signify a sudden shot of  clarity.

It is one of 100 new words or phrases added to the publication for its  annual update. The first reference of “aha moment”  dates to 1939 in a book of psychology. Its use was sporadic until the ’90s, when  Winfrey began using it on her daytime talk show.

In 2009, Oprah and Mutual of Omaha had a legal battle over Mutual of Omaha’s use  of the phrase. Oprah claimed the aha moment was her catchphrase and she had the rights to it.  The case was settled out of court in 2009.

Other terms added this year: F-bomb, earworms (songs you can’t get out of  your head) and flexitarian (one whose normally meatless diet occasionally  includes meat or fish), craft beer, e-reader, game changer, a new  definition for “gassed” as slang for drained of energy, gastropub, geocaching,  shovel-ready (a construction site ready for work) and tipping point.

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