A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man...
A fictional word from The Simpsons has finally entered the dictionary, 22 years after it first appeared in an episode of the iconic TV show.
In 1996 episode Lisa The Iconoclast, Lisa begins a historical investigation into the origins of Springfield founder Jebediah Springfield and discovers that he was a violent pirate who clashed with founding father George Washington.
At the start of the episode, we see an educational recreation of Springfield’s life, where the word ’embiggen’ is used for the first time.
“A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man”, he remarks in the clip.
Now, it’s been announced by the Merriam-Webster dictionary that ‘Embiggen’ is one of 850 new words to enter their definitive list, with the definition listed as “to make bigger or more expansive.”
Their entry for the word also recognises The Simpsons too, stating that Lisa The Iconoclast was the first noted usage of the word.
One word that doesn’t appear, however, is ‘cromulent’ – which also made its debut in the very same Simpsons episode.
Meanwhile, Republican senator Ted Cruz recently controversially claimed that the entire Simpsons family would vote Republican, apart from Lisa.