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Wikipedia has a list of made-up words

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 18, 2005

Wikipedia has a list of made-up words and expressions from The Simpsons. “Cromulent” is my favorite and should find it’s way into actual use. “Car hole” is great as well. (via bb)

Reader comments

MattOct 18, 2005 at 10:48AM

I like ‘Sophistimacated Dowhackey’, Homer’s term for a complex machine.

jakeOct 18, 2005 at 10:52AM

i thought it was “car-hold” not “car hole”.

rOct 18, 2005 at 12:03PM

As soon as I saw ‘cromulent’ I remembered it from Blackadder as I had seen the episode just last week. The wikipedia entry says the script for Blackadder doesn’t contain it, but I am pretty sure that was the word. It would be interesting see see what the Blackadder actually was if it was not cromulent.

sfslimOct 18, 2005 at 12:15PM

In my experience, “cromulent” is in actual use, at least among a few thousand geeks, freeks, cowgrrls and mad scientists in or around the San Francisco Bay Area.

emilyOct 18, 2005 at 12:17PM

Not sure what episode, but Grandpa Simpson goes on a rant where he insists, “In my day, turkeys were
called Walking Birds.”

emilyOct 18, 2005 at 12:24PM

There’s also Milhouse’s new past tense of “squeeze” — “We have squozen our whole supply! To the Lemon Tree!”

DanOct 18, 2005 at 1:10PM

Boo-urns is the best. That gag is so fucking stupid it’s funny.

“I was saying ‘Boo-urns’” - Moleman

NataliOct 18, 2005 at 5:13PM

Jebus! There is no hipper way to refer to the mythical superhero lord himself. I had no idea that that was the origin of the term. The levels in which The Simpsons have informed and influenced my life are disturbing.

JJ CanoOct 18, 2005 at 7:54PM

I’ve been using ‘craptacular’ for years…

TxovOct 19, 2005 at 4:07PM

The ‘craptacular’ episode came out in ‘97.

Tangentially, is a thing that’s ‘craptacular’ a ‘craptacle?’

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