It's been more than six years since Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book, "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," helped the phrase, well, reach its own tipping point.

At it's most basic level, the term -- actually coined by a sociologist more than 50 years ago when he was studying the integration of America's neighborhoods in the 1960s -- refers to that dramatic moment when something unique becomes common.

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