Not a very common term in today’s language to be sure.  But, it is a real word.  It was used  by US Congressman Davy Crockett (think Alamo), to describe an Eureka moment.


A famous quote of his was:

“We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.”
The word itself means something that settles a matter, or a final blow a decisive event.
I recommend listening to the full talk by the legendary, folk hero, and US Congressman, available from

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