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Dictionary:Cromulent

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English[edit]

Definition[edit]

Legitimate, applicable, appropriate, more than acceptable or more than adequate.

Usage[edit]

Used in[edit]

Used by[edit]

Elizabeth Hoover and Seymour Skinner.

Quotes[edit]

"I don't know why; it's a perfectly cromulent word"

History[edit]

When schoolteacher Edna Krabappel hears the Springfield town motto "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man," she comments she'd never heard of the word embiggens before moving to Springfield. Miss Hoover replies, "I don't know why; it's a perfectly cromulent word".

Other information[edit]

  • Cromulent is an idiom and has been accepted into the Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English.
  • Both "embiggen" and "cromulent" were quickly adopted and used by Simpsons fans. Cromulent has taken on an ironic meaning, to say that something is not at all legitimate and in fact spurious. Indeed the DVD commentary for "Lisa the Iconoclast" makes a point of reinforcing that "embiggen" and "cromulent" are completely made up by the writers and have since taken on a life of their own via the Internet and other media.
  • In the 2005 Xbox game Jade Empire, the player meets a British-colonialist-styled outsider who uses made-up mispronounced words. When the player confronts the man with this, the man claims that one of the words he used was "cromulent".