Via mlive.com

“The Simpsons” have been successful in predicting historical events big and small, so it should be no surprise that one of the new 850 words added to the dictionary first appeared on the show more than 20 years ago.

The word is “embiggen,” and it first popped up in the 1996 episode of the show in “Lisa the Iconoclast.” In the season seven episode of the longest-running U.S.-based sitcom, character Jebediah Springfield says the phrase “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”

The phrase was met with confusion from Springfield Elementary Teacher Edna Krabappel, who turned and said “Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield.”….

Some of the notable new words (probably) not inspired by “The Simpsons” include:

The dictionary announced the new word and definition additions that includes the likes of “dumpster fire,” “mansplain” and noises like “hmm” earlier this week on Monday, March 5….

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  1. Alain41 says:

    Embiggen is now bigly. Waiting for the reverse.

  2. n9zf says:

    I endorse “Bigly” which I first heard at the 2nd Trump Rally in Green Bay. Trump actually said, “Big League” but my ears (and many others( heard “Bigly” which also serves as a curious adverb (it DOES end with a ‘y’.)

    So a not so humble iconoclastic man from Queens, embiggens the common man, bigly.

  3. Chuck says:

    I’m waiting for “mizzled.” It’s already in the urban dictionary.

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