To be honest, the list of cool things that ‘The Simpsons’ taught us is infinite. Also the longest-running scripted prime-time television series in the United States, The Simpsons was a show that devised innumerable cool lingos, talked about phenomena like homophobia, censorship, gun control and many other things when no one else was.
This show with 629 episodes was first aired on 17th December 1989, making it 29 years old as of today and it has truly been entertaining.
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So we are sure that upon breaking the news of an imaginary word from the show making it to the real world will make you really-really happy. Merriam-Webster recently added the word “embiggen” to its dictionary and folks on Twitter have lost it in sheer joy.
The word first appeared as a joke in a 1996 episode of “The Simpsons,” but has since been used in other contexts. This long journey of the show has finally come to a stage of acceptance from the real world.
The dictionary defines embiggen as “to make bigger or more expansive,” and calls its usage as “informal” and “humorous.” But whatever others may say, we have used it on umpteen occasions and we will continue to do so.
To be precise about its coining, in the episode “Lisa the Iconoclast”, the students learn that their town’s motto is “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”
In the following scene, the school teacher Edna claims that she never heard of the world until she came to the town, to which a fellow teacher replies, “I don’t know why. It’s a perfectly cromulent word,” she says.
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