achy-breaky, adj. Billy Ray Cyrus released the song Achy Breaky Heart in 1992, spawning the term.
Is this actually used outside of references to the song? Do people say “I’m feeling achy-breaky today”? If so, it’s eluded my attention (which isn’t at all surprising).
I do not recall hearing “achy-breaky” other than in reference to the song. The terms “heart-break” and “heart-ache” are firmly entrenched in Country & Western music. It may have been just a matter of time before the phrase was coined in the title of a C&W song.
Interestingly, that is a very simply structured song, consisting of only two cords, A and E. In the fall of 2011, readers of Rolling Stone named it the third worst song of the ’90s, but the crowds still love it.