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A word created by The Simpsons has just been added to the dictionary

It’s not d’oh

YESTERDAY, MERRIAM-WEBSITER, the premier US dictionary, announced that they’d added 850 new words including cryptocurrency (a form of currency that only exists digitally, like bitcoins), kombucha (a fermented tea drink, that is the new hipster buzzword drink) and dumpster-fire (a utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation such as the entire Presidency of Donald J. Trump).

And amongst the newly added words was a word first heard on the Simpsons in 1996…



The word appears in the episode “Lisa the Iconoclast”, when Jebediah Springfield, the founder of the town, uses it.

Embiggen has also become a superhero catchphrase of Kamala Khan, a.k.a Ms. Marvel, who uses the word to describe her Inhuman superpowers. Ms Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson told Marvel.com that she uses it in the context of to ‘get big fast’.


Mrs Krabappel, Bart’s Elemntary School teacher, comments that she’d never heard of the word ‘embiggen’ prior to moving to Springfield, to which Lisa’s teacher Miss Hoover replies, “I don’t know why. It’s a perfectly cromulent word”

Source: Fox/20th century television

If you too were left scratching your head at the word cromulent, you’re not alone. It’s another word created by The Simpsons. Classic Simpsons move to use a made-up word to defend another made-up word!

The meaning of cromulent is ‘appearing legitimate but actually being spurious’, for example the £30,000 given to Bertie Ahern by his good friend Michael Wall was a cromulent gift do up his curtains…

How soon before we see cromulent added in?

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