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Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Attempts to Trademark “Jeah” – What Does it Mean and Where Did it Come From? [VIDEO]

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Olympian Ryan Lochte made a big splash (yes, pun intended) in the swimming world as he gave Michael Phelps a run for his money in what was previously Phelps’s game. Lochte now intends on capitalizing on his fame to trademark silly catchphrases.

Way to use your powers for good, Mr. Lochte. News broke earlier this week that Lochte planned to trademark his catchphrase “jeah”, which sparked a couple of interesting conversation points with Jeanne and I on the morning show. First, since when do Olympic swimmers have catchphrases? Sure, the guy is one of the best in the world at his sport, but this seems a little over the top. Even Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, one of the most flamboyant athletes around, doesn’t have a catchphrase – just a dumb nickname.

So, where did it come from? Lochte says he got his “famous” catchphrase from rapper Young Jeezy, who uses “Chea” pretty frequently in his songs. Paying homage to one of his favorites, Lochte adapted it to “jeah” and the rest was history. See the different meanings of “jeah” in a video Lochte did leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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