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Tom Cruise's Oprah Moment Spawns New Term

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Aug 05, 2005 | 8:39am EDT

Tom Cruise's chair dancing antics on Oprah Winfrey's chat show have made such an impact on pop culture that "jumping the couch" has now become a well-used phrase.

The actor became the focus of relentless mockery in May, after jumping on Winfrey's couch and punching the air while yelling about his love for Katie Holmes.

And the moment has now spawned a term, which was recently added to Web site UrbanDictionary.com.

The definition of the term "jump the couch" reads: "The defining moment when you know someone has gone off the deep end. Inspired by Tom Cruise's behavior on Oprah. Sample usage: 'My new boyfriend Benny... jumped the couch and started rubbing spicy brown mustard on his body at my family reunion."

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