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People say 'I have an epiphany' but I want it shorter and sound more sudden.

Does 'an epiphany hit me' sound right?

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    Google books shows more than a hundred instances of "an epiphany hit", so you wouldn't be the first to say it. – J.R. Aug 15 '15 at 9:07
  • "Hit" is an action an epiphany is not likely to perform, unless it's a really hard one... So, saying "then it hit me" is an admission of the impact produced. – Victor Bazarov Aug 15 '15 at 12:42
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Epiphany is a sudden realization of a truth. So "Sudden" already emphasizes the impact of the phrase. I had an epiphany is actually the perfect way to use it. You do not want to over-emphasize a phrase.

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