Jump the shark

The phrase “Jumped the Shark” supposedly comes from the Happy Days episode when Fonzie jumped a shark on waterskis, a sign that “it was all downhill from there”.

The people running the website JumpTheShark.com claim to be the originators of the phrase. But when I look at where they review Happy Days, Fonzie jumping the shark doesn’t even get a single vote for “Jumped The Shark when…”

So…. the phrase “Jump the Shark” was built on a concept that its creator doesn’t even stand behind despite building a sizable website and mystique around it.

There is some weird heavy-duty truism floating around in this somewhere.

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