Word and Phrase Origins

What is a watershed moment?

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2011-05-30 16:15:47

A critical turning point.

What it is actually is a moment in time where everything

changes. A point in time when nothing after will ever be the same

as before. To call it a turning point technically is true, but it

is an overly simplistic definition of the phrase.

The figurative meaning comes from the literal meaning of a

point, or division in a river, or stream where the river is split

into two distinct paths that will not intersect again

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