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10 Words That "The Simpsons" Invented

When I was little, I didn’t need a watch. I mean, I eventually bought one (what 7-year old can resist a Scooby Doo wristwatch that sings the show’s theme song at the press of a button?) but I didn’t really need it because I measured my days in Simpsons episodes. A 2-hour car ride was always “4 Simpsons episodes” and an 8-hour school day was “one season of The Simpsons.” It was a quirky quality, one which foreshadowed my interest in television and my disinterest in clowns with raspy voices. Aside from claiming the spot as the longest-running animated sitcom on television, The Simpsons has also left a deep impact on American popular culture through its collection of fictional vocabulary words. For example:

1) Tomacco (n.): a hybrid of tomato and tobacco

I’ve witnessed a handful of disturbing things in my life. And yet, one memory that always comes back to me is that of the “tomacco” Simpsons episode, in which Bart and Homer engineer a line of tomatoes containing a tobacco center. I don’t believe the creators of the series set out to make this episode emotionally scarring, but the crazed looks on the faces of the tomacco users still send shivers down my spine. While tomacco may have been a fictional product back in the 1990s, scientists (read: obsession Simpsons fans) have since created a real-life tomacco plant. I can only hope that an army of dolphins is not next on our scientists’ agenda.


2) Craptacular (adj.): spectacularly crappy

For years, we ignored the potential that “crap” had as an adjective. That is, until Bart Simpson came along and introduced this term to Springfield. Think of all the other words that could benefit from the addition of “-tacular” to the end? Like momtacular, someone who is incredibly mom-like. Or bedtacular, a mattress so comfortable, it transcends the realm of regular furniture.

3) Poindextrose (n.): chemical responsible for intelligence in nerds and dorks

The verdict is in: glasses do not indicate or produce intelligence, no matter how many pairs you wear. Why anyone ever associated high IQs with two little pieces of glass propped up on a person’s nose is beyond me. The argument that intelligence runs in the blood is a bit less absurd, though I don’t know if I can accept the “poindextrose” explanation that The Simpsons provides, as much as I appreciate the clever portmanteau.

4) Frogurt (n.): frozen yogurt

Frogurt sounds like the first logical term a marketing director for frozen yogurt would envision. It’s clever, it’s fun, and it rolls off the tongue much better than fro-yo, which brings to mind images of poofy hair and yo-yos.

5) Spankological (adj.): the practice of spanking a child around the clock

Ned Flanders did not have the best childhood. In a flashback sequence, Homer’s neighbor revealed his parents’ way of correcting his past mischievous behavior: by having periodic spanking sessions called “spankologicals.” The punishment transformed Flanders from a “bad seed” into a religious fanatic with a penchant for mumbling creepy phrases under his breath.

Or teaching them to his children.

6) Diddly (n.): a meaningless filler word

Speaking of Flanders, this list would be incomplete without one of his favorite gibberish phrases: diddly. Similar to “um” in our world, “diddly” is used to fill empty silences to allow time to think. Imagine how much more entertaining class presentations would be if every “um” or “like” were replaced with “diddly” or some other nonsensical term? “Shailene Woodley diddly diddly does not consider herself a diddly diddly feminist, according to diddly reports.”

7) Glayvin (n.): an exclamation of emotion

Next to the nameless professor from Powerpuff Girls, Professor Frink from The Simpsons is everyone’s favorite animated scientist. Granted, there aren’t many animated scientists to idolize, but that doesn’t make the previous statement any less true. When he wasn’t throwing dangerous chemicals together, Frink was contributing to our stockpile of exclamations with this all-purpose term. When “Wow!” won’t do, “Holy mother of glayvin!” is there to help.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=760310087 Lauren Avery

    I immediately thought of Alcomahol when I saw this post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=35800006 Douglas N. Hachiya


    Qujibo n.-A fat, balding, North American ape with no chin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=711500111 Rob Barker

    Chazzwazzers – American bullfrogs which have settled in Australia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1365350991 Kenneth Fox

    Fug ugly

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1171344658 Crystal Reed


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1246110467 Nicole Rola

    Promulent (adj,) – made up word to describe made up words. ex. “It’s a very promulent word.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500202753 Melissa Sternenberg


    Dan Castellaneta came up with “d’oh!’, not Matt Groenig. 😉

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=278100555 Siân Gambrell

    Ms Hoover! Who’s Ms higgins???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=278100555 Siân Gambrell

    Saxamaphone! Trumpamapet! Oboemaboe!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622870405 Courtney Parker Sandhu

    How can you forget “Boo-urns”?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=121503918 Melissa Nyveld


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001167727046 James Bettinson

    I do think that Frink is the greatest of animated scientists, but I`m sure that Hubert J Farnsworth comes higher than the unnamed one from the Powerpuff Girls!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000001272089 Mary Ann Phillips

    uhh…the professor from the powerpuff girls isn’t un named. His name has always been professor Utonium…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707710477 Selima Sara Kabir

    The Professor from PPG was named Professor Utonium.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1458678722 Steve Ricciutti

    How can you have left out “cromulent???”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504462078 Chris Edington

      it’s on the second page… #9

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1032487454 Eric Roybal

    What about “meh?” which was added the dictionary?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=598980036 Rick Knight

      “Meh” predates its use in The Simpsons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=841245 Jeff Hunsicker

    Mmm…. Sacriligous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=841245 Jeff Hunsicker

      Er, Sacrilicious, I mean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=828918490 Tom Eatwell

    What about Quijibo from their game of scrabble, meaning, a fat, balding american man who is quick to anger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000141452217 Matt Bottegal

    What about “Yoink!” The sound made during a clever theft.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1797510416 James Aaron Spiring

      Isn’t Yoink from Scooby-Doo?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1159417615 Matt Duke

        I think you’re thinking of “Zoinks!”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=28701066 Chris Brown

        You’re thinking of “Zoinks!”, which would be synonymous with “Glavin!” The Simpsons is definitely credited with “Yoink!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17802299 Mathieu Jaguar Foley

    What about Meh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1357024260 Ben Gallagher

    Cromulent is one of my personal favorites. Would have also liked to have seen Bart’s “juh?” but I don’t think anyone else was as amused by it as me, or even remembers it.

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