Dictionary.com recently announced that it would be adding “embiggen” to its website, along with 600 other new words, despite the word originating as a joke in a 1996 episode of the sitcom.
In the episode “Lisa the Iconoclast”, teacher Edna Krabappel comments on the Springfield town motto - “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man” - by noting that she had never heard the word embiggen before moving to the area.
A fellow teacher, Miss Hoover, replies with another made-up phrase: “I don’t know why; it’s a perfectly cromulent word.”
You can find the clip below:
The two words were created by the show’s writers after they were asked to make up two words for the scene which sounded real but were not...
In the show, embiggen means to make or become bigger, while cromulent means acceptable or correct.
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