Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary Has an “Aha Moment”

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Oprah was the Queen of Daytime and now she adds another notch to her legacy. The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary latest additions include Winfrey's catchphrase “Aha moment,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first reference found by the good people at Merriam-Webster for "aha moment" dates to 1939 in a book of psychology. Its use was sporadic until the '90s, when Oprah Winfrey began using it on her no-longer-on-the-air TV show.

"In fact, aha moment is so closely associated with Oprah that in 2009, she and Mutual of Omaha got involved in a legal imbroglio over Mutual of Omaha's use of the phrase, with Oprah claiming that aha moment was her catchphrase and she had the rights to it," Stamper said.

The case was settled out of court in 2009.



Other words added or whose definitions were updated include “F-bomb” and “earworm”.

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