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Word created by The Simpsons added to US dictionary

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"Embiggen" has been added to a US dictionary - a word first heard on The Simpsons in 1996.Merriam-Webster included the word, which has been popularised partly because of the comic Ms Marvel, among 850 new words and definitions.It is from the motto of the fictional Simpsons' town of Springfield: "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man."It means to "make bigger or more expansive", says Merriam-Webster.
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A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.
Also, 'embiggen' is now a word we enter. https://t.co/3XmkZO0ral pic.twitter.com/wLUDsWIAga— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) March 5, 2018
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The word is first heard is the 1996 episode Lisa the Iconoclast, where Jebediah Springfield - the founder of the town - uses it.
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Bart's Springfield Elementary teacher Mrs Krabappel says she'd never heard heard the word before she moved to Springfield.Lisa's teacher, Miss Hoover, replies: "I don't know why. It's a perfectly cromulent word." Simpsons writer Michael Price said on Twitter that we have writer Dan Greaney to thank for the word.
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Congrats to my friend, @dangreaney, the creator of "embiggen". https://t.co/tkJmTdsw78— Michael Price (@mikepriceinla) March 5, 2018
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Marvel Comics, whose character Ms Marvel has the power to embiggen herself, also tweeted about the addition to the dictionary.
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VOCABULARY: EMBIGGEN! ??— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 5, 2018
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Kamala Khan took over as Ms Marvel in 2014 after the character Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel.Writer G Willow Wilson, who also helped create the most recent version of the character, was also pretty pleased.
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OH MY GAWWWDDDDD https://t.co/82VgM8OYmv— G. is in the Dictionary (@GWillowWilson) March 5, 2018
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She admits that she didn't even get the Simpsons reference when she first started using the word.
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Here is a true story: growing up, my parents didn't let us watch much TV, so the first time I encountered the word "embiggen" was in reference to sizing JPEGs. Didn't realize it was a Simpsons thing until years later.— G. is in the Dictionary (@GWillowWilson) March 5, 2018
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Other words added to the dictionary include mansplain, glamping and tzatziki.Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here.
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