CRUISE'S OPRAH MOMENT SPAWNS NEW TERM
Tom Cruise's chair dancing antics on Oprah Winfrey's talk show have made such an impact on pop culture that "jumping the couch" has now become a well-used phrase.
The "Mission: Impossible" star became the focus of relentless mockery in May, after jumping on Winfrey's couch and punching the air while yelling about his love for Katie Holmes.
The moment has now spawned a term, which was recently added to the Web site UrbanDictionary.com.
The definition of the term "jump the couch" reads: "The defining moment when you know someone has gone off the deep end. Inspired by Tom Cruise's behavior on Oprah.
"Sample usage: 'My new boyfriend Benny ... jumped the couch and started rubbing spicy brown mustard on his body at my family reunion.' "
The term jumping the shark refers to a Happy Days episode in which Fonzie jumps over a shark tank on water skis. So, Tom is the new Henry Winkler, but not in a good way...