Jumping the Shark


Its April of 2020 and Day 10 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


Metaphor:  Jumping the Shark

Jumping the shark, is an idiom used as a metaphor to describe a moment when something that was once popular, now isn’t. Though it makes an attempt to cover up, ends up being highlighting its irrelevance. The metaphor is widely used for television series or other entertainment outlets.  It is also used when a brand, design or any creative efforts evolution declines.

The phrase is known to be coined in 1985 by Jon Hein and his roommate Sean Connolly. The discussion that led to the phrase was their favorite television show that had gone downhill and other shows where similar ‘jump the shark’ moment had occurred. I am using this metaphor for ‘Jump the Shark’ people.

Pain doesn’t fly,
Pain doesn’t evaporate,
Pain penetrates,
The question is where.
Truth or dare,
The truth and dare is,
There is never an alert,
Before you ‘jump the shark’.

To you or you to other, that thin line is never visible. It’s definitely visible when one ‘jumps the shark’ and takes the place where the repair is beyond the control of actions. 

19 thoughts on “Jumping the Shark

  1. Very interesting metaphor…I’ve never heard of ‘Jumping the Shark” before!
    Cool poem….
    I have a phrase for you (I’m not sure if it is a Metaphor): “Don’t Shine Me On!”
    It was used in North America thru’out 70’s & 80’s.
    It meant 1 of 2 things: I) Don’t ignore me & 2) Don’t tell me lies…
    Now we both learned something Prakash!! 😉

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