Ever since about 1996, grammatical sticklers are fought against the runaway freight train-esque popularity of “embiggen”—a perfectly cromulent word made famous by The Simpsons that was technically not a real word. Finally, though, Merriam-Webster has seen fit to add “embiggen” to its online dictionary, officially…
Last night’s episode of The Flash was one of the most entertaining yet of season four. It had major characters shrink to the size of a Pez dispenser, Barry helping a fellow inmate, and a great twist ending. Unfortunately, it also featured the show being wrong as hell about a certain word. Take a look:
Welcome back to Pop Lexicon, The A.V. Club’s new series with Kory Stamper, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and editor, where she reveals the origins of America’s favorite colloquialisms. In this episode, Stamper examines the origins of “embiggen,” the spurious coinage made famous by The Simpsons.