Gratuitous Search Term Bait of the Day: Etymology

There were no new relevant search terms today, but instead of just giving you another Tom Westman or Rashida Jones clip (which we’ll do plenty of, trust us) we’re going to do something a little different.  Some of you out there have been using the search term “jumped the snark,” (listen, guys, the site is just jumpedthesnark.com, no tricks.  You don’t need to work that hard to find us), so we’ll reciprocate with something based on that.  However, we’re not going to self-promote and just link to one of our old posts (or, god forbid, show you our face), but, alternatively, we’re going to offer a little TV history  lesson.  In case you didn’t know, the name “Jumped the Snark” is derived from the term “jumped the shark” which is colloquially used to describe a TV show that has moved its plot in an unrealistic, absurd or hackneyed direction, often with the introduction of a new character or some sort of stunt episode, signaling that the show’s best days are behind it.  “Jumped the shark,” in turn, is derived from a Season 5 episode of Happy Days in which Fonzie literally jumps a shark.  But let’s hear about the origins of the term from the writer of the episode in question, Jeff Breederman:

Fascinating stuff.

And, for good measure, here’s the Fonz:

Quiz on Monday.

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