I never want new words to be created for the English language by burger-flippers and stoners – but that always seems to be the case. If they can’t handle the real stuff, they just make it up as they go along. Bart Simpson has always been an underachiever, and proud of it. Even he and his motley crew (not Mötley Crüe) of cartoon compadres have spit out a couple of neologisms new words.
Today’s case in point
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF CROMULENT?
Cromulent, “acceptable, legitimate,” was first used in an episode of The Simpsons in 1996. When Edna Krabappel, the fourth-grade teacher, remarks, “’Embiggens’? Hm, I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield,” Elizabeth Hoover, the second-grade teacher, answers, “I don’t know why. It’s a perfectly cromulent word.” Cromulent began as a facetious formation of an arbitrary “root” crom– and the English adjective suffix –ulent (from Latin –ulentus “full of”). Cromulent began as a facetious formation but is now at the brink of “cromulence,” as happened earlier with Lewis Carroll’s chortle, frabjous, and galumph.
While we’re blaming strange words on The Simpsons, there’s that word
Verb (used with or without object) Informal: Often Facetious.
to make or become bigger:
You can spot my sister if you embiggen the photo.
ORIGIN OF EMBIGGEN
First recorded in 1880–85 as an example of a barbarism; made popular in 1996 in an episode of the TV show The Simpsons.
Even when they’re wrong – they’re right. Who knew??! Word is, there’ll be some good stuff here on Monday. It would be perfectly cromulent if you showed up. I want to embiggen my readership, to keep up with Brat Simpleton. 😀