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What does "cloud nine" mean?

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"Cloud nine" is a phrase that refers to a feeling of perfect happiness. It originated between the years 1955 and 1960 and is often used by saying someone is "on cloud nine."

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Some people connect this phrase to the 1895 International Cloud Atlas, which describes the 10 cloud types. Cloud type No. 9 is called cumulonimbus, and these clouds are the biggest, puffiest and most pleasant looking. Some people suggest that the number nine is significant because it is the largest one-figure number. An example of this phrase used in a sentence is "Despite her exhaustion, Martha was on cloud nine after winning first place in the marathon."

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