Richard Rodgers, of Rodgers & Hammerstein fame, became the person to EGOT (win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) in 1962. Since then, only 14 others have achieved this herculean task, including luminaries like Mel Brooks, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, and John Legend (that’s right). Remarkably, the term EGOT only first appeared
in 1984, when Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas used it in an interview with the AP. Even more remarkably, the term was all but nonexistent in the cultural record until 2009. In December, the NBC show 30 Rock was halfway through its fourth season when it aired Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001, with a subplot featuring Tracy Morgan’s character and a huge, gold EGOT chain. Use of the term exploded practically overnight, and tracking its rise
provides an insightful (and hilarious) look at the mechanics of the pop culture lexicon.