With The Simpsons set to leave their mark on the world of cinema after almost two decades of waiting, we at CRACKED thought it would be a good time to look at the impression Homer and co. have left on the English language. The Simpsons's writers have loaded our linguistic consciousness with hundreds of useful and often hilarious words and phrases. They might not get a lot of recognition from major dictionaries, English professors, or loyal Cosby Show enthusiasts who are still a little bitter, but that doesn't mean they're not everywhere.
And so, with apologies to banjologist, debigulator, disembowelingest, embiggen, kwyjibo, sacrilicious, Jeebus, Scotchtoberfest, shutterbuggery, tromboner and yoink (all honorable mentions in their own right), we present the 12 most memorable words The Simpsons ever created.
Simpsons Origins: Homer's plutonium-fueled crossbreed of tomato and tobacco ("E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", Nov. 9, 1999) just barely beats out our second favorite clever butchery of tomato, coined when Homer's editor ("Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?", Oct. 24, 1999) put a damper on the fat man's stint as a food critic, complaining, "You keep using words like pasghetti and momatoes."
Real World Applications: Tomacco would probably be known only to Simpsons mavens if it hadn't been for Rob Bauer, who created a real tomacco plant in 2003-ensuring that tomacco would survive in the footnotes of botany, and that The Simpsons now had a valid claim to the nerdiest and most dedicated fan base in television history. (Eat it, Trekkers!)
While we have no intention of eating Bauer's version (the taste of which can be described as "zesty poison with just a hint of death") we sincerely hope that this trend of life-imitating-Simpsons continues, at least until someone comes out with Homer's fictional beer-candy hybrid, Skittle Bräu.
Simpsons Origins: When Bart dissed Homer's Christmas decorations as craptacular ("Miracle on Evergreen Terrace," Dec. 21, 1997), the overused adjective crappy gained a cooler, more expressive synonym.
Real World Applications: This episode was the greatest thing to happen to crap enthusiasts since the word crap. Adding -tacular on the end of one of our favorite words opened doors we didn't even know were in the house, and helped save the otherwise tame and boring crap from early retirement from the lexicon. With Bart's help, a word that was considered by most to be completely overused was given a sparkling Renaissance and a substantially extended life expectancy.