By Gunner Glam
Instead of just being the action of springing clear off the ground or other support by a sudden muscular effort, jumping can also take on different meanings.
Studio Brow thought we would share just how many ways there are to JUMP!
- Jump the Shark – An idiom created by American radio personality, Jon Hein, that is used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery. The phrase is also used to refer to a particular scene, episode or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of “gimmick” in a desperate attempt to keep viewers’ interest.
In its initial usage, it referred to the point in a television program’s history when the program had outlived its freshness and viewers had begun to feel that the show’s writers were out of new ideas. Often, it is after great effort was made to revive interest in the show by the writers, producers or network, particularly in Happy Days when Fonzy literally jumped over a shark using water skis.
The usage of “jump the shark” has subsequently broadened beyond television, indicating the moment in its evolution when a brand, design or creative effort moves beyond the essential qualities that initially defined its success, beyond relevance or recovery.
- Jump the Gun – To being before the starting signal, originally used in sports contests that are started by firing a gun. Also to do something too soon, especially without thinking carefully about it.
- Jump Ship – When someone leaves a job or activity suddenly before it is finished, especially to go and work for someone else.
- Jumping Jacks – A physical jumping exercise performed by jumping to a position with the legs spread wide and the hands touching overhead and then returning to a position with the feet together and the arms at the sides. The name comes from the traditional toy of the same title.
- Get Jumped – When a person gets attacked by a group of two or more of people.
- Feeling Jumpy – When a person feels nervous, high-strung, edgy characterized by fitful, jerky movements.
- Long Jump – A Track & Field event in which athletes combine speed, strength and agility in an attempt to leap as far as possible from a take off point. This event has been an Olympic medal event since the first modern Olympics in 1896 and has a history in the Ancient Olympic Games.
- Jump Suit – Originally referred to the utilitarian one-piece garments used by skydivers, but has come to be used as a common term for any one-piece garment with sleeves and legs. Particular usage includes for pilots, drivers, sportspersons and prisoners.
-More leaping at you soon from Studio Brow-