Are you familiar with the words that adorn the statue of Jebediah Springfield?
In the Simpsons episode “Lisa the Iconoclast,” the children of Springfield are shown a video telling the story of the town’s founder, Jebediah Springfield. In the propaganda film, Springfield speaks these immortal words.
“A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”
The children cheer, and teacher Edna Krabappel says:
To which fellow teacher Miss Hoover replies:
Cromulent or not, embiggen has been entered into the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
If you search for the definition of embiggen, Merriam-Webster yields this definition.
It’s pretty galling that Jebediah doesn’t get a mention, although Merriam-Webster does put the first usage in 1996, which is when “Lisa the Iconoclast” aired.
Still, credit where credit is due. Lots of people showed their appreciation for the legitimisation of embiggen.
So you decided to EMBIGGEN the Dictionary today? (I couldn’t help it, it had to be said).🙂
— Joshua Cederstrand (@cj132631) March 5, 2018
Awesome. I really hope this doesn’t open the door for “bigly” though 🤞🏿
— Lū Peachüm 🌹 (@readingreceipts) March 6, 2018
Seems like they left out cromulent, which I use much more often.
— Christian Haines (@chaines247) March 5, 2018
It’s up to you now Merriam-Webster, do the right thing. Bring in cromulent.