Word invented by ‘The Simpsons’ makes it into Webster’s dictionary

Before the apparent word “embiggen” made its way into Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary this week, it was featured on “The Simpsons” — where the word was seemingly created 22 years ago.

Embiggen, a transitive verb, means to make something bigger or more expansive.

The word made its first appearance in 1996, according to Merriam-Webster. A “Simpsons” episode that premiered in February of that year, titled “Lisa the Iconoclast,” featured a scene in which a man announces the iconic town of Springfield’s new motto.

“A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man,” the character said. “Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield,” another character added.

The word — to be used in an “informal” and “humorous” way, according to the dictionary — is just one of 850 words Webster added to its signature book this year.

“Subtweet,” “mansplain,” dumpster fire,” “cryptocurrency” and “glamping” were also added to the dictionary.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com.

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