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THE SIMPSONS and MS. MARVEL Have “Embiggened” the Dictionary

Over 20 years ago, The Simpsons episode “Lisa the Iconoclast” brought a new word into the American lexicon by way of Springfield’s official motto: “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.” The word “embiggens” has taken on a life of its own in the subsequent decades, and now it’s been added to the dictionary. Merriam-Webster made the announcement by quoting The Simpsons‘ use of “embiggens” while also acknowledging Ms. Marvel, a comic book heroine who has also become associated with the word.

Ms. Marvel co-creator G. Willow Wilson was quick to respond to the news.

In the Marvel Universe, Ms. Marvel (a.k.a. Kamala Khan) is teenage girl whose latent Inhuman powers manifested as an ability to stretch her limbs and body to a fantastic degree. Kamala subsequently adopted “embiggen” as one of her favorite expressions. But according to Wilson, she wasn’t even aware of The Simpsons connection when she first started using the word.

Now, it belongs to the ages. D’oh!

What do you think about the official recognition of embiggen? Make your thoughts bigger or more expansive in the comment section below!

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