a point in time, event, or experience when one has a sudden insight or realization: My aha moment was when I put on my shorts from last summer and they didn’t fit.
Actually, the “mad” in the TV show “Mad Men” isn’t short for madness, so what does it mean?
Are you ready to have an aha moment? “Mad Men” has more sin and angst than your average pop culture sensation, but the show’s characters hardly meet the definition of insanity. This “mad” doesn’t refer to a bunch of pissed off guys in natty retro attire, either. “Mad men” is a historical term short for “Madison Avenue” men, coined by the advertising industry itself, in typically self-promotional fashion. Madison Avenue, of …
D’oh! Words We Blurt
Ever trip over a sidewalk curb? Fall down a step? Bump into someone on the street? Push a door the wrong way? What’s your first verbal instinct in these moments of surprise? Is it to blurt out some onomatopoetic non-word (QZ.com refers to them quite accurately as “interjections, exclamations, non-lexical conversational sounds”). Well, whatever they are called, we know a few gut-reaction examples (that have …
Origin of aha moment
from the expression aha, used to signal sudden awareness or comprehension
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an instant at which the solution to a problem becomes clear
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