A Word Invented by 'the Simpsons' Added To the Dictionary | 22 Words

Calling all The Simpsons fans!

It turns out that a word invented by the famous cartoon has just been officially added to the dictionary...

Which has simply added to the never-ending list of Simpsons-inspired influences.

Read on to find out exactly which word it is and where it came from...

Now, there's absolutely no denying that The Simpsons is the most iconic cartoon... ever.


Created by Matt Groening in 1989, The Simpsons follows the chaotic but hilarious life of the dysfunctional Simpsons family.

​The family lives in the fictional "middle America" town of Springfield.

Homer, the dim yet lovable dad, works as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant - a position at odds with his careless, buffoonish personality.

He is married to Marge Bouvier, a stereotypical American housewife, and mother with who he has 3 children - Bart, Lisa, and baby Maggie.

We all know Bart as the troublemaker of the family...


Lisa as the brains of the family and Maggie is simply the baby who never speaks but communicates through sucking on her dummy.

The show includes an array of quirky supporting characters...

Including Homer's dad, Grandpa, the school principal, Seymour Skinner, teacher, Edna Krabappel, annoying neighbor, Ned Flanders, Bart's best friend, Milhouse, and the owner of Homer's favorite bar, Moe Szyslak... just to name a few!

Since its debut on December 17, 1989, 699 episodes of The Simpsons have been broadcast...


And the cartoon is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

It's notoriously popular with audiences worldwide...

And perhaps the thing that makes it so popular is that it suits all audiences of different ages.

So many of us have grown up with The Simpsons...


And still to this very day, it's episodes remain just as hilarious as they did over 3 decades ago.

And as time has gone on, fans have noticed how intricate and precise many of the episodes are...


Including many spooky predictions of events way before they happened, such as Donald Trump's presidency and the invention of things like autocorrect and smartwatches.

It's a huge part of Western culture...

And even when the show will one day come to an end, it'll more than likely remain as both America's longest-running animated series and the most popular cartoon to ever exist.

Of course, as is the case with every popular show and cartoon, there are certain episodes of The Simpsons that will always stand out from the rest...

And one of those famous episodes has just helped alter the dictionary.

Yep, you read that right... the dictionary!


A word that was completely made up in a particular episode has just been confirmed to be a "real word" and is now in the dictionary.

The episode in question is "Lisa the Iconoclast," the sixteenth episode of season 7.


The episode focuses on Lisa as she writes an essay about Springfield's founder, Jebediah Springfield, and takes herself back through the town's history and how the noble Springfield made a name for himself.

Lisa learns where the town's motto came from; "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man"...


​And this is what she ultimately bases her essay upon.

Teacher Edna Krabappel then comments on the essay, noting how she'd never heard of the word "embiggen" before moving to Springfield.


Fellow teacher, Miss Hoover, then replies with another made-up phrase:

"I don't know why; it's a perfectly cromulent word."

Well, the 2 words were created by the show's writers after they were asked to make up 2 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.

Due to the popularity of The Simpsons, the 2 words have crept into the English vocabulary over the years...

Usually used in a mocking or satirical context... until now, that is!

Dictionary.com has just added "embiggen" to the list of official English words!

And it defines the verb as: "to make or become bigger."

Of course, people have been left amused over the decision to verify the word...

And it triggered quite the obvious response from The Simpsons fans.

We're not sure as to whether "cromulent" will be added to the dictionary or not...

But it certainly wouldn't come as a surprise!

You can watch the clip from the original episode here.