Few of the following made-up words would qualify as neologisms from a strict lexicological perspective due to their extremely limited uses outside of the show. For those that have found their way into regular and common use, the route passes through the considerable fan-base where use of these words carries the prestige of pop-culture literacy among those who catch the references, just as among other cultural groups a clever parallel to a well-known phrase from the literary or rhetorical canon would be acknowledged.
The following is presented, then, as a glossary of words or phrases invented by the show which one or more characters use in regular speech, as though intended as real terms. This does not include names of characters, locations, or products.
The state or condition of being an adult.
- Marge: I don't want to alarm anyone, but there's a little al-key-hol in this punch.
A term for Canada coined by Homer in "The Bart Wants What It Wants".
- Homer: Why should we leave America to visit America Junior?
A term coined by Homer in reference to Florida's shape, compared to the rest of the United States, resembling a flaccid penis.
- Homer: Florida?! But that's America's Wang!
- Psychiatrist: They prefer "The Sunshine State".
Annual Gift Man
The fictitious translation of Santa Claus's supposed name in Japanese. In Japan he is supposedly thought to live on the Moon. John (voiced by guest star John Waters) mentions the name in the episode "Homer's Phobia".
Anyhoo / Anywho
Alternative term for 'anyway' or 'anyhow'. Heard in "Secrets of a Successful Marriage"
The process of using Photoshop to add rosy "apple" to someone's cheeks and make them more attractive. Waylon Smithers apples Mr. Burns face to make him appear more benevolent on the cover of a newspaper. Seen in "Fraudcast News".
Homer Simpson tries to gain weight to get on workers' compensation. While prescribing a diet consisting of a steady gorging process for Homer, Dr. Nick suggests that it be combined with assal horizontology. Presumably, he means lying down - or more likely, sitting on your ass in an almost horizontal position. Possible also that he means to gain so much weight causing Homer's ass to expand horizontally
Kent Brockman's conflation of the words avoidance and evasion in "Bart the Fink."
When corrected through his earpiece, Brockman responds to them on-air: "I don't say evasion, I say avoision." This is a reference to a William Shatner outtake where he argues with his director over "sabotage": "You say sabotage. I say sabot-age" (rhyming with the word badge).
The term avoision originated in the literature of the anti-taxation movement in the U.S. in the 1970s; it was coined to get around laws against advocating or providing advice relating to tax evasion.
A bazooka that fires beanbags, as used by Lou in Lisa the Tree Hugger.
An expert in banjo based musical styles.
In the episode "Home Away from Homer", Lisa listens to a radio program on obscure music, and hears the host refer to a guest as a banjoologist, using "-ology" as the suffix for the study of a subject (or sometimes the subject itself, although this is technically incorrect).
An invented French word that means "being like Bart" (i.e., mischievous).
- Bart: But it involves being a bit underhanded, a bit devious, a bit, as the French say: Bartesque.
Mr. Burns's name for a bath.
- Mr. Burns: I'm going to take a bathiola, and when I get back, one of you better be laughing.
- Counsellor: "Now her childhood can beginualize."
Used by Professor John Frink as part of his pseudo-scientific jargon, merely as a more complicated verb form of "begin".
- Frink: "Let the commencement… beginulate!"
Bumped on the head. Used in "The Wettest Stories Ever Told," when Ned Flanders is knocked unconscious by Homer's bowling ball from the roof.
- Ned: Oh, Maude, I've turned your dream of a Christian amusement park into a be-musement park.
- Homer: Don't say that, Ned!
- Ned: It is! It's a bemusement park!
The phrase might also be intended as a play on letter grading from A-musement to B-musement. See B-movie. Whereas "B-musement" suggests the park is second rate and explains his strong spoken emphasis of the letter "b", "bemusement" suggests the attendees simply fail to understand the religious park's message.
A person or organisation who tries to get sympathy with the public.
- Mr. Burns: A non-profit organization with oil; I won't allow it! An oil well doesn't belong in the hands of some Betsy Bleedingheart or Maynard G. Muskievote!
Unclassified transformed matter. Possibly a wad of bling.
- Krusty the Clown: I oughta replace it right now with that Chinese cartoon with the robots that turn into... blingwads! But I'm a lazy, lazy man.
(From the episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show".)
An element on a highly inaccurate Periodic Table at Springfield Elementary. Due to their inability to afford an accurate Table, they have to make do with a promotional one from Oscar Mayer, which advertises their product in the information. The atomic weight of Bolognium is known to be either "delicious" or "snacktacular".The real element in that space in the periodic table is Molybdenum and the atomic weight is 95.95. The name is presumably derived from Polonium, element 84.
A medical condition coined by Dr. Nick Riviera that is described as "a terrible condition where the skeleton tries to leap out of the mouth and escape the body" in "22 Short Films About Springfield".
The term came to be when a frantic Abe Simpson demanded to see a quack. Abe's symptoms included being "edgy", having "ants in his pants" and being "discombobulated". Dr. Nick also warned Grandpa that if he didn't calm down to receive treatment, Grandpa would give himself skin failure. Dr. Nick's prescribed treatment for Bonus Eruptus was "Trans-dental Electromicide," which called for a golf-cart motor and a 1000-volt "Capacimator". High voltage is applied to the patient's teeth, presumably until he is either cured or dead.
This is a reference to the common cartoon trope of a skeleton escaping a character's mouth in fright, and possibly a reference to the Ray Bradbury short story "Skeleton".
Physical punishment or comeuppance.
- Bart: Burns needs some serious boostafazoo, right Dad?
During the episode "A Star is Burns", Mr. Burns asks his faithful assistant Waylon Smithers if the crowd is booing his blatantly egotistical motion picture. Smithers, ever the yes-man, replies that they are saying "boo-urns" (i.e. "Burns"), and not "boo". When Burns asks for clarification, the crowd replies that they are indeed saying "boo", and not "boo-urns". After the crowd replies, Hans Moleman says that, in fact, he was saying "boo-urns".
- Hans Moleman: I was saying "boo-urns…"
- note: Has been heard chanted in UCLA's Paulley Pavilion. Cynicaly when the basketball team is performing below expectations.
- Ralph Wiggum: [unclear on the meaning] When I grow up, I'm going to Bovine University!
Presumably an extremely antiquated cry of submission (as in "Uncle!") used by Montgomery Burns's mother in the episode "Homer the Smithers". When Smithers wants to regain Burns's trust, he tells Homer to call Burns's mother and transfer the call to his office. Smithers's plan is to rush in and rescue Burns from what will certainly be an awkward phone conversation.
- Smithers: Hello, Mrs. Burns? This is Waylon Smithers. I have your son Montgomery on the line...
- Mrs. Burns: That improvident lackwit? Always too busy stridin' about his atom mill to call his own mother. I'll give him what-fors till he cries brassafrax!
One of Mr. Burns' seemingly antiquated alternative expressions referring to an existing term (similar to "iced cream", the original name for ice cream). In episode 12 of Season 16, Burns tells Selma, who is in the process of lowering the soft top on his roadster, "Stop that you want-wit! I could get stung by a bumbled-bee!"
A sandwich with a baby in the middle, first seen in "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson."
Chief Wiggum shows a group of touring kids a museum display of a hippie couple who are getting stoned and ready to take a bite of the "California Cheeseburger."
A word made up by Mr. Burns in "Last Exit to Springfield" for a song parodying Dr. Seuss's "The Grinch":
"Look at them all, through the darkness I'm bringing
They're not sad at all. They're actually singing!
They sing without juicers
They sing without blenders
They sing without flungers, capdabblers and mendlers!"
While "Car Hole" appears only twice in the series itself, it is often used by fans to jokingly refer to a garage, or garage-like structure. The phrase first appears in a conversation between Moe Szyslak and Homer Simpson, wherein Moe ridicules Homer for his use of the overly formal word, "garage".
- Homer: Hmm. I wonder why he's so eager to go to the garage?
- Moe: The "garage"? Hey fellas, the "garage"! Well, ooh la di da, Mr. French Man.
- Homer: Well what do you call it?
- Moe: A car hole!
The phrase appears once more, as Homer Simpson expresses his shock, upon discovering a counterfeit jeans outfit has (inexplicably) taken up operation in his garage.
- Homer: [gasps] A counterfeit jeans ring operating out of my car hole!
A fictitious Australian name for the bullfrog.
As the Simpsons depart from Australia, an Australian equivalent of Squeaky-Voiced Teen asks what the strange creature infesting his home country is called. Upon receiving its proper name, he responds, "What? That's an odd name. I'd have called them chazwazers."
Cheese-eating surrender monkey
A satirical and insulting phrase, referring to the collaborationist Vichy France regime's surrender in World War II.
Groundskeeper Willy (teaching French class): "Bonjourrrrrr, you cheese-eating surrender monkeys!"
Of, or relating to, the chest.
- Bart: I'm all tense through the chestal area!
Also used: "neckal" and "scalpal".
Chester A. Arthritis
A condition resulting from excitement over studying President Chester A. Arthur. Upon discovering Jebediah Springfield's past as Hans Sprungfeld, Lisa nervously jokes about having just gotten over her "Chester A. Arthritis" before coming down with "Jebeditis".
- Professor Hurlbut: "Looks like you've come down with a serious case of Jebeditis."
- Lisa: "Just as I was getting over my Chester A. Arthritis."
- Professor Hurlbut: "Heh heh... y-you had arthritis?"
One of the three neglected food groups, along with the Whipped group and the Congealed group, that Homer must concentrate on eating more of in "King-Size Homer".
This word has made its way into international culture, as there are Pop Tarts available in The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe with the flavor of Chocotastic. (Coincidentally, in the episode, Riviera recommends that Homer use Pop Tarts to replace bread in sandwiches.)
The French waiter, who accused Freddy Quimby of attacking him, says in the court room, "This is an outrage! I am not a clumsy clouseauesque waiter!" He then falls out of the window into an open truck of rat traps.
Fictional villains Rainier Wolfcastle faces in one of his McBain movies.
While delivering UNICEF pennies to "the puny children who need them", the McBain's airplane is attacked. He picks up the radio and says, "McBain to base, under attack by Commie-Nazis." These "Commie-Nazis" combine Communism and Nazi ideology, and use a mix of the Swastika and Hammer and Sickle on a red background as their standard.
This phrase has long precedent in the form of "Commu-Nazi" as used by Walter Winchell. However, many viewers believe that this is simply a combination of two over-used action movie villains.
It may also be a reference to the Superman comics during World War II pitting the superhero against the "Japanazis", a cross between America's two principal enemies in the war.
A reference to an Ocean Spray advertising device, a portmanteau of cranberry and fantastic. Said by the squeaky-voiced teen as he is swept away by a tide of cranberry juice in "Homer and Apu".
- Bart: "Its my tummy!" (Nelson glares at him) "I mean stomach! Gut! Crap factory!"
A portmanteau of "crap" and "spectacular."
Craptacular was used by Bart to describe the supposedly defective Christmas lights that Homer purchased in "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace". It is one of the more frequently used made-up words from The Simpsons, and, like a few others, was in use before The Simpsons popularized it. Currently a yearly contest on Howard Stern show, where contestants eat and eat then weigh their waste over 24 hours.
The procedure of putting a crayon into the brain via the nasal cavity, a port-manteau of crayon producing company Crayola and the part of the brainstem called the medulla oblongata.
A portmanteau created by Homer when Lisa tells him that the Chinese have the same word for "crisis" and "opportunity". The actual Chinese words for those terms are different but share a common character (危機 for "crisis", 機會 for "opportunity").
From "Fear of Flying".
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".
Later in the same episode, while talking about Homer's audition for the role of town crier, Principal Skinner states "He's embiggened that role with his cromulent performance."
Based on the context in which Miss Hoover uses the word cromulent, we can interpret that she intends it to mean "legitimate", "applicable" or "appropriate." Principal Skinner seems to use it to mean "more than acceptable" or "more than adequate"; these usages would also (in an assumed lexical context) satisfy Miss Hoover's use of the word. Perhaps both characters intend it to mean "authentic", which would validate both uses of the word (e.g. "it's a perfectly authentic word" and "he embiggened that role with his authentic performance"). The word has a sort of recursive irony about it: as a made-up word it possesses none of the qualities that it describes.
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".
"Cromulent" has since appeared in Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English. (lookup via reference.com.) Some sources have misheard the word as "promulent".
A red dot that appears on one's crotch, and is thought to be fatal (Chief Wiggum's uncle died of Crotch Dot). Seymour Skinner was suspected of having this disease, although in reality, it was a laser pointer used as a prank by Bart. From "The Dad Who Knew Too Little". Compare to "crotch rot", a slang term for jock itch.
- Chief Wiggum: "Hey you better get that red dot checked out, my uncle died of crotch dot!"
Another name for the cigarette lighter power socket.
This name was used by the automotive appliance salesman when asking Homer what he had plugged into his Dash Hole. From "Brake My Wife, Please."
A word that can be used in place of any noun. Sometimes used as a placeholder for an object whose name does not immediately spring to mind.
Homer: Marge, where's that... metal... dealie... you use to... dig... food?
Used in countless episodes throughout the series.
A device for shrinking a person to microscopic size.
A Professor Frink-like character uses the debigulator to shrink Lisa to microscopic size in The Genesis Tub, one of the stories in Treehouse of Horror VII.
The service brakes on a car.
Mr. Burns attempts to drive a car for the first time while proclaiming he is sure the owners' manual will instruct him as to which lever is the velocitator and which one is the deceleratrix. The word is formed by changing the word "decelerator" from the Latin masculine to feminine. From "Homer the Smithers"
Grandpa Simpson's made-up word for twenty in the episode "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"."
- Abe: Now, my story begins in nineteen-dickety-two. We had to say "dickety" 'cause the Kaiser had stolen our word "twenty". I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six miles…
The word may have a faux "old timer" feel because of its similarity to the words "dicker" and lickety as in "lickety split." Dicker is a word for bargain that's sometimes associated with rural or antiquated settings.
In the Latin American version the word used is "tijiri", which has no actual meaning or similarity to another word.
The German version is "zwickig", which also has no meaning, but sounds similar to "zwanzig" ("twenty").
The term pokes fun at the common habit of replacing words during the anti-German sentiment of World War I, such as the replacing of Sauerkraut with "Liberty Cabbage" (according to Grandpa, Liberty Cabbage was, in turn, known as "Super Slaw").
(Also spelled diddily), Ned Flanders' characteristic non-word.
Generally speaking, "diddly", though not in itself a made-up word, is used by Ned Flanders in what linguists call a filled pause, a non-word which a speaker uses to take up time or space in a sentence, and which are sometimes used for emphasis. Flanders often uses "diddly" as an alliteration in his sentences, i.e. "What can I diddly-do you for?" or "Dee-diddly-lighted!" Flanders also seems to use filled pauses as a crutch to avoid swearing, as in "son of a diddly...", until he finally snaps in "Hurricane Neddy" when the inept townspeople of Springfield, in a disastrous attempt to rebuild his house, push him too far: "Calm down, Neddilly-diddily-diddily-diddily... They did their best... Shoddilly-iddily-iddily-diddly... Gotta be nice... hostility-ilitybilitydility aaaw hell diddly ding dong crap! Can't you morons do anything right?!"
Occasionally, Flanders will use "diddly" as a tmesis such as in the episode "Summer of 4 Ft. 2" in his note at the summer house to the Simpsons ("Wel-diddly-elcome", to which Homer responds, "He actually wrote "diddly").
It was also used as a familial word when the 'Flanders Clan' has a reunion, Jose Flanders says when meeting Homer, "Buenos ding-dong-diddly días, señor" (although Lord Thistlewick Flanders has to be prompted to say it, and does so reluctantly).
In the Latin American version, "diddly" is often translated as "-irijillo", an overly elaborate and ridiculous diminutive (e.g. "Perfectirijillo").
Homer, in need of a triple bypass, sees an infomercial showcasing the surgical "talents" of Dr. Nick. In the ad, Dr. Nick gives the (presumably) toll-free number as, "1-600-DOCTORB", going on to explain that "...The B is for 'bargain'!" It is pronounced /ˈdɔkˌtoːɻb/.
A game of dodgeball played with a rock instead of a ball. At least one (brief) match was played by Nelson Muntz and Milhouse.
An exclamation of annoyance often uttered by Homer.
In scripts and episode titles, D'oh is referred to as "annoyed grunt"1.
It may be argued that "D'oh" is not a Simpsons neologism, as actor Dan Castellaneta based the phrase on James Finlayson's similar utterance in many Laurel & Hardy films; however, Finlayson did not exclaim the term as Castellaneta does, but used it as more of a muttered whine.
- A term to describe Australian Dollars. In Bart vs. Australia, when the father of the Australian boy, whom Bart had called collect, saw the bill for 900 dollars, he exclaimed "900 Dollareydoos?!" and asked his son if he had accepted the call from America. When the Australian boy replies that he'd only accepted the charges because he thought it was urgent, the father confronts Bart over the phone, only to learn his son had fallen victim to a prank.
- It is likely that the term "Dollareydoo" is a reference to the aboriginal instrument from Australia, the Didgeridoo or didgeridu.
Don't have a cow, man!
An exclamation and catchphrase of Bart that implies that the subject should calm down, or not get worked up about something. It was brought into pop culture mainly by merchandise, as is evidenced by the fact that it is only uttered by Bart on the show a handful of times in the first season ("There's No Disgrace Like Home" and "The Call of the Simpsons"), and therefore were not self-parodying uses.
In the third season's "Bart the Murderer", Eat My Shorts and Don't Have a Cow are horses in a race. It isn't used again by Bart until the eighth season. In "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", in response to Homer's cartoon debut, Lisa explains, "You can't be cool just by spouting off a bunch of worn-out buzzwords." Bart replies, "Don't have a cow, Lis!" In "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase", Bart sings it along with "eat my shorts!" as part of his musical introduction in the variety show spin-off.
Occasionally, another character has uttered the line. In another self-parodying use, Apu, a vegetarian, shows off his t-shirt with the saying surrounding an actual cow in a no symbol in the seventh season's "Lisa the Vegetarian". In the seventh season's "Summer of 4 Ft. 2", After Bart's complaining that Lisa is acting like him to get friends, Lisa is overheard to say "Don't have a cow, man!" (and later "¡Ay, caramba!") to which Marge replies, "You haven't said that in four years. Let Lisa have it."
In the 19th season's Apocalypse Cow, after raising a young bull to adulthood and saving it from the slaughterhouse, Bart comments that he can finally say he "had a cow".
The opposite of a doer. Appeared in Lisa the Tree Hugger.
Bart: Hey, some people in this family are doers, and some [he looks at Lisa] are don'ters.
Mr. Burns's word for a generic object that is mysterious to him.
- Flanders [upon learning that Bart, Lisa and Maggie were never baptised]: Reverend...emergency! I... it's the Simpson kids... eedily... I, uh, baptism... oodily... doodily doodily!"
Flanders is afraid to say the word "sex" even if kids aren't around. Instead, he calls it "doodily".
Used by Bart, Dorkus molorkus is supposedly a Latin phrase meaning dork. Given as the reason Lisa was unaware of the National Grammar Rodeo.
- Bart: You are, as they say in Latin, a Dorkus Molorkus.
- Lisa: That's not Latin...
A very intelligent person, used as an alternate lyric in Homer's version of the Grinch song.
"You're a Hero, Homer J. You're as crafty as a skunk! They'll thank you in the morning, for stealing Flanders' junk, Homer JAAAY! You're a double-bacon geniusburger, and just a little drunk!" From the episode "'Tis the Fifteenth Season".
The process of becoming drunk, a gerund form of the pseudo-verb "To Drunken".
The process of becoming dumber.
- Lisa: [writing] Dear log, can it be true? Does every Simpson go through a process of dumbening? Hey, that's not how you spell 'dumbening'. Wait a minute… 'dumbening' isn't even a word!
Cinnamon buns thrown out into a dumpster.
In the episode "Thank God It's Doomsday", Homer wants to go to the mall to eat the day old throw aways from Cinnabon. While at the mall, Bart and Lisa run into their father eating out of the dumpster.
- Homer: Mmm... dumpster buns.
Mr. Burns's word for a dungeon.
Eat my Shirt / Eat our Shirts
- Bart: Eat my shorts, Shelbyville.
- Bart and Homer: Eat my shorts!
- Flanders: Yes, eat all of our shirts.
Eat my Shorts
Bart's favorite insult.
A dismissive phrase describing the common man used by Mr. Burns.
Dr. Nick's procedure is trans-dental electromicide, a process of introducing severe electrical currents into the body through the mouth. The word electromicide is possibly a conflation of the prefix electro- with homicide.
To make something better. The opposite of belittle.
From a famous saying by Jebediah Springfield/Hans Sprungfeld: "A Noble Spirit Embiggens the Smallest Man", evoking the manner in which its antonym, belittle, was coined by Thomas Jefferson. It is likely a creative conflation of big with the word embolden (to render bold; to hearten, to encourage). The quotation appears on the statue of Jebediah Springfield in front of City Hall.
Examples of use:
- "He's embiggened that role."
- "Patriots will embiggen America."
A legendary horse born with the head of a rabbit and the body of a rabbit.
Examples of use:
- In Season 6 Episode 19 Lisa's Wedding, Chief Wiggum performing as Renaissance actor 'Friar Wiggum' explains to Lisa, "And here, out of the mists of history, the legendary Esquilax! A horse with the head of a rabbit, and... the body of a rabbit. Oh, it's galloping away!"
An animal located in a "different" zoo that contains creatures that people like Homer have never heard of.
- Ron Howard: Look, I'd love to help you out, Homer, but I'm taking my kids to the zoo.
- Homer: That's great. Even big stars take their kids to the zoo.
- Ron Howard: Well, it's a different zoo, containing animals you've never heard of.
- Howard's daughter: Daddy, we're missing the fantastipotamus. She only sings twice a day.
A portmanteau of the words "fantastic" and "hippopotamus".
As in, "What the farkbot?" Said by a frustrated Bart Simpson during the opening scroll of Cosmic Wars.
Most likely one of the writers is a member of Fark.com. Commonly, submitters to the site replace choice words including certain expletives, with Fark. As in "What the Fark?".
The ballet teacher's name for Bart's ballet outfit.
Conflation of the words "fat" and "leotard".
What Burns calls a fax machine in "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"."
A portmanteau of the words "fax" and "victrola".
Part of "Merry Fishmas!", shouted by Mr. Burns in "Homer vs. Dignity".
The state of Ned Flanders being the answer to a question or proposition.
- Homer: Single women of Springfield, your prayers have been Flanswered. Ned Flanswered that is.
Is also played as word during Flanders lonely Scrabble game. From "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily".
A pie that is on the floor.
In the episode "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood", Homer is lured into a trap set up by Bart in which the bait is a pie on the floor ("Ooooh, floor pie!"). This saying has been adapted by some for various objects (e.g. "floor candy" or "floor clothes"). Floor [word] is used for an object which is on the floor when it probably shouldn't be.
Swedish-American sculptor Claes Oldenburg also created a large sculpture of a piece of Cake to be displayed on the floor of a gallery entitled Floor Cake.
A word made up by Mr. Burns in "Last Exit to Springfield" for a song parodying Dr. Seuss's "The Grinch":
"Look at them all, through the darkness I'm bringing
They're not sad at all. They're actually singing!
They sing without juicers
They sing without blenders
They sing without flunjers, capdabblers and smendlers!"
A derogatory term in "Burns, Baby Burns" used by Mr. Burns to describe Homer. It is used while they are eating a lavish dinner together, thus it is likely referring to the amount of food Homer was eating at the time and/or his weight in general.
- Burns: You, foodbag, do you have a son?
As seen on the sign for "TGI McScratchy's Goodtime Foodrinkery" in the episode Itchy & Scratchy Land
A portmanteau of the words "Forty" and "Fifty". Possibly slang for forty-five.
In the episode "Homer the Vigilante", Homer mentions the word as he responds to Kent Brockman about statistics.
- Kent Brockman: Mr. Simpson, how do you respond to the charges that petty vandalism such as graffiti is down eighty percent, while heavy sack-beatings are up a shocking nine hundred percent?
- Homer Simpson: Aw, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forfty percent of all people know that.
Oddly enough, the captions read "forty" or "fourteen".
Professor Frink's name for a cube (a.k.a. hexahedron).
- Frink: (at chalkboard) Here is an ordinary square.
- Chief Wiggum: Whoa, whoa, slow down, egghead!
- Frink: But, suppose we extend the square beyond the two dimensions of our universe, along the hypothetical Z-axis there.
- Marge, Lisa, Bart, Ned, Reverend Lovejoy, Chief Wiggums, Dr. Hibbert, Patty & Selma: [gasps] (as Frink draws a cube)
- Frink: This forms a three-dimensional object known as a cube or a Frinkahedron, in honor of its discoverer.
- Homer: Help me! Are you helping me, or are you going on and on?
- Frink: Oh, right. And, of course, within, we find the doomed individual.
A swear used by Marge during "The President Wore Pearls". When the police show up shortly after she says it, she thinks that they have come to arrest her for saying it. It may be a reference to the Fuddruckers chain of restaurants or alternatively a semi-concealed curse.
A conflation of "führer" and "terrific".
This is how Bart describes what is claimed to be Hitler's car in the episode "Bart Carny".
- Bart: It's Führerific.
The name Homer gives to the monstrous gambling vice that has metaphorically "enslaved" Marge in "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)." The creature is purported to have neon claws.
Homer spills some detritus-laced liquid from the bottom of the garbage can on his slipper while taking out the trash and coins this word, as in, "eww! Garbagewater!"
Marge's name for the Albanian language, as uttered upon hearing the dialog from the movie "Kosovo Autumn". From the episode "Home Away from Homer".
A word used by Professor Frink when he's muttering. In one episode while he's shocked he says, "Great glaven in a glass!" or "Good glavin!" It is most often heard when Frink is in pain like "Oh, so much pain in the glavin!" (pronounced / ˈglejvn̩/) This is probably an adaptation of Jerry Lewis's interjection "froyndleyven!", which, in turn, is presumed to be Yiddish semi-nonsense roughly meaning "happytime!" (cf. standard German "Freund", friend; "Freude", joy; "Leben", life). The similarity to Slavic words for 'head' (golova, glava, glowa) does not account for the vowels or 'n' and is probably coincidental. Lewis's portrayal of the Nutty Professor is considered by many Simpsons fans to be partial inspiration for Frink's character, and Lewis did a guest voice in one episode as Frink's father.
- Frink: That meteor is headed straight for us, with the fire, and the impact, and the hundred percent chance of pain!… Pain in the glavin!!
Alternate spelling: glaven or glayvin.
A phrase used by Homer in the episode "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?".
- Lisa: Hmm. What's the English equivalent for [drools like Homer]? I'd say... transcendent.
- Homer: How about groin-grabbingly transcendent?
- Lisa: Uh... I don't think so.
- Homer: We make a good team. A groin-grabbingly good team.
- A common laugh from Nelson Muntz when he takes note of one's failure.
Ned Flanders' favorite greeting.
Dr. Nick's characteristic greeting, adopted as a casual hello by fans.
Holy Flurking Schnit
A vulgar exclamation used by Kang.
While in rehab for drunk driving (framed by Homer), Marge realizes she doesn't belong there, and exclaims, "I'm a Homer-holic!" Otto interjects, “Whoa, man, you're drinkin homerhol? I'll take a swig!!!”
During a routine disciplinary visit to Principal Skinner's office, Bart must call Moe's Tavern looking for his father, Homer. But when Moe answers the phone, Bart preempts the original purpose of the call and substitutes one of his trademark prank-calls. Instead of asking for his father "Homer Simpson," Bart asks for "Homer Sexual." With the prank thus launched, Bart quickly hands the phone to the Principal, who is shocked and dismayed to hear Moe Szyslak's resulting tirade.
Later, when Homer marks Skinner as a possible mate for Selma, an imaginary heads-up display seen from Homer's point of view (a spoof of The Terminator movies) identifies Skinner as a possible "homer-sexual."
Though not exactly the same, Homer proclaims it is time to "get Homererotic" when he is having himself photographed in suggestive poses for a gift portfolio for Marge.
More recently the term "homersexual" has been used as a parody antonym for the expression metrosexual (which means a heterosexual with stereotypical gay habits); in this context, "homersexual" refers to a gay person with stereotypical straight habits.
A secret project by the Motherloving Sugar Corporation to get the town of Springfield addicted to sugar in the episode "Sweets and Sour Marge." The project was named after the vocal ramblings of its creator, Professor Frink. The Professor was also the project's whistleblower.
Mr. Burns's rare blood disease, for which he needed a transfusion of Bart's blood in the episode "Blood Feud." The word stems from a combination of hypo (Greek prefix for "under" or "below") and hemia (Greek for "blood"). The proper term for lack of circulatory fluids, however, is hypovolemia.
The act of getting someone into trouble. From "I'm with Cupid" where Kent Brockman reads a story about how Apu is giving his wife extravagant presents for Valentine's Day, and the rest of the town's wives are annoyed at their husbands for their comparative romantic lameness.
- Brockman: One Springfield man is treating his wife to an extra-special Valentine's Day this year, and introubulating the rest of us.
Perhaps related to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's neologism enturbulate, meaning to bring into turbulent or troublesome conditions.
A condition resulting from excitement over Jebediah Springfield. When Hollis Hurlbut, curator of the Springfield Historical Society, returns to Lisa with Johnny Cakes, she is acting strangely having just found "The Secret Confessions of Jebediah Springfield" hidden in Springfield's fife. Lisa attempts to disguise her behavior as "just the excitement of studying Jebediah," which Hurlbut characterizes jokingly as "Jebeditis."
Professor Hollis: "Looks like you've come down with a serious case of Jebeditis." Lisa: "Just as I was getting over my Chester A. Arthritis." Professor Hollis: "Heh heh... y-you had arthritis?"
According to Matt Groening, The Simpsons writers have an ongoing competition to write a line that "most represents Homer at his singularly most stupid". Most likely the current champion is Homer's faux term for Jesus, first mentioned in the episode "Missionary: Impossible." When asked to be a missionary, Homer replies, "I'm no missionary, I don't even believe in Jebus!". When the plane that is carrying Homer is taking off, he cries, "Save me Jebus!"
In popular usage on many discussion boards, such as Fark.com and Guardian Unlimited Talk, it is often deliberately used by posters as an implied "cut" or "chop" against Christians, particularly fundamentalist Christians from the Southern United States. Sometimes spelled "Jeebus" in this context.
Jebus has often been the Papua New Guinean patois for Jesus.
A phrase used by Radioactive Man's sidekick Fallout Boy, this phrase featured largely in the portion of the Radioactive Man film that was shot in Springfield. According to Radioactive Man, it is a form of profanity.
A phrase used by Principal Skinner, when the teachers didn't show up for the last day before Christmas break.
A dismissive phrase describing the common man used by Mr. Burns in "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish".
Used by Mr. Burns when describing a television.
- Mr. Burns: Jumping box, television, picto-cube, just crank it up!
Bart's mispronunciation of the word "jazz." From the episode "Jazzy and the Pussycats".
- Bart: "I need you to teach me all about the world of juzz."
- Lisa: "It's jazz! Jazz! You don't even know the name of the thing you're stealing from me!"
Kent Brockman's openly-declared "more alarmist" name for the United States Army, an institution Brockman shockingly describes as a place where "hundreds of men are given weapons and trained to kill!" The term "killbot" has gone on to be widely used in Futurama.
A fictional Australian barroom game made in the episode "Bart vs. Australia", in a parody of a scene from the movie Crocodile Dundee, Bart is confronted by an Australian local who shows him a spoon and says "This is a knife!" Most often used in the phrase "I see you've played knifey-spooney before."
A name used by Chief Wiggum for any woman who is known to have attacked her husband with a knife.
Wiggum: Here we are, 123 Fake Street. Home of knifey wifey.
Knowitallism (also Know-it-all-ism) is a fictitious word made up by the faculty of Springfield Elementary School to describe Lisa Simpson's precocious personality. The students break into the school's vault and find their permanent records and when Lisa reads that her teachers have labelled her as suffering from "knowitallism", she exclaims, "That's not even a word!"
The Springfield Knowledgeum, a science museum "Where science is explained with brightly-colored balls", was visited by the Simpsons in episode This Little Wiggy.
A word used by Kent Brockman to assist in alliteratively describing the crisis that occurred at Kamp Krusty when it descended into a state of anarchy after a general revolt by abused campers.
Kwyjibo / ˈkwɪdʒiˌbo/ is a word made up by Bart during a game of Scrabble with his family. In the episode "Bart the Genius," Bart puts "kwyjibo" on the board, scoring 116 points (22 points plus Triple Word Score plus 50 points for using all seven of his letters.) When Homer demands Bart say what a kwyjibo is, Bart replies, "A big, dumb, balding North American ape…with no chin." Marge adds in, "…and a short temper." At this point, realizing it was about him, Homer chases Bart away, causing him to exclaim, "Uh-oh! Kwyjibo on the loose!"
'Kwyjibo' was used as one of the aliases of the creator of the Melissa worm, and is the name of a yo-yo string trick. 'Kweejibo' is a handmade clothing company in San Francisco.
Recently, Yahoo's online version of Scrabble was advertised on the Yahoo home page with a visual representation of letter tiles spelling out K-W-Y-J-I-B-O. Kwyjibo is also the name of a puzzle involving a Scrabble board in The Simpsons Scene It.
On another James L. Brooks-produced animated series The Critic, Duke Phillips also made up a fictional word in Scrabble: quyzbuk. Unlike Bart, Duke was able to immediately legitimize the word by contacting Noah Webster to have the word added to Webster's Dictionary, defining it to mean "a big problem". When he found out no one was using his other word "Dukelicious", he sadly called the situation a "Duketastrophe." This episode, as well as "Bart The Genius," were written by Jon Vitti, which would explain the similarities.
A similar scene took place in the Dilbert animated series during a Scrabble match between Dilbert and the powerful supercomputer Comp-U-Comp. Comp-U-Comp's first move was to lay down all its seven tiles randomly, spelling wipqozn; it then used its control of worldwide computer systems to immediately bring the word into circulation (in newscasts, for example). In meaning and usage, "wipqozn" seems roughly equivalent to "crap."
A lame female (a pun on Cinderella).
Bart: Skanks for nothin', Lamarella.
How an early Springfield settler describes a buffalo after seeing one for the first time, in the episode "Lisa the Iconoclast". In the film Young Jebediah Springfield, which relates the founding of Springfield, the group of migrants see a wild buffalo, with one of them proclaiming, "It's some sort of land cow!" Presumably a reference to sea cows, a term for manatees.
An alternative name for groundhog, coined by an Adam-like Homer in the episode "Simpsons Bible Stories."
Land of Chocolate
"The Grandma Simpson Peace Museum and Kid-teractive Learnatorium", the new name for Burns' germ warfare laboratory.
Liberty log, according to Abe Simpson, was the name given to sushi during the second World War, and no one ever heard of it. This is similar to the term Freedom Fries.
A racing greyhound. The phrase started in Two Dozen and One Greyhounds on a banner outside the Springfield Dog track, which read: Just Think of Them as Little Horses. Homer adopts the phrase...
- Homer: Come on, you little horse!
Love for my son and daughters. In Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily, Marge, apparently clueless about the drug that shares these initials, tells a social worker that LSD is the only thing she's high on.
When Bart and Lisa embarrass their parents while having brunch, Homer decides to leave and go to Moe's, stating he will see them at "lupper" (a portmanteau of lunch and supper). This rather obvious parallel portmanteau has appeared before in Archie comics and in the television sitcom Seinfeld.
A fictitious Australian word, used in describing how the bullfrogs are all over the place; presumably it is a generic term for an arbitrary, but common, location. Lisa and Marge are in the general store, and the shopkeeper is sweeping away all the bullfrogs, remarking, "These bloody things are everywhere. They're in the lift, in the lorry, in the bond wizard, and all over the malonga gilderchuck."
The state or condition of being illegally parked. In "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" Barney had left Homer's car illegally parked on the plaza at the World Trade Center. Homer then received a letter regarding this violation:
- "Dear motorist, your vehicle is illegally parked in the borough of Manhattan. If you do not remedy this malparkage within 72 hours, your car will be thrown into the East River at your expense."
This could be a reference to George Orwell's Newspeak, featured in his book 1984, where mal is a prefix for mistake, bad, or wrong. The following is a bureaucratic jargon quote (not actually Newspeak, but using Newspeak prefixing) from 1984 asking the protagonist to fix an error in Big Brother's speech on Africa:
- "times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported Africa rectify"
(Translated into standard English: "There is an error in the reporting of Big Brother's speech in the Times of 17 March 1984 with regards to Africa; it needs to be rectified.")
"Mal-" is also a Latin root word meaning "bad," and is used in several English words such as "malfunction," "malignant," and "maladjusted."
It could also be a play on the legal term "malpractice" in medical language.
Money, cash; from Yiddish, mezumán
An interjection used to indicate indifference or boredom. Used frequently, usually by Bart or Lisa.
Although the word existed before its usage on the Simpsons, and may have origins in Yiddish, it was brought into the awareness of the general population after its use on Simpsons.
A boy who skillfully distributes menus from a restaurant in order to advertise it. The owner of Springfield restaurant You Thai Now employed Bart as a menu boy in Lisa the Tree Hugger.
A field of science apparently made up (and studied) by Professor Frink.
This is a spoof of the term "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from the movie Mary Poppins.
A word used when someone is making another person looks like Milhouse. e.g.: Stop Milhousing your sister!
Mr. Burns's name for a car.
This is like a snow-ball fight, only with wads of cash in place of snow-balls. It can be done with two or more people within close range of each other. Mr. Burns and Mr. Smithers decide to have a money fight in the middle of a difficult conversation concerning the power plant's safety budget.
Ned Flanders' typically cuddly and innocent term for a neglected child. The line was originally pitched by Matt Groening to be "abuserino", but was dismissed as sounding too harsh.
A Ned-Flanderized version of the word "neighbor." Possibly inspired by comedian Louis Nye on the Steve Allen Comedy Hour (1967), whose character Gordon Hathaway greeted Allen by saying "Hi, ho, Steve-a-reeno."
May also be inspired by Kimmy Gibbler's "Hola, Tanneritos" from the sitcom Full House.
Flanders: Uh, Homer? I don't mean to be a nervous pervis, but if he falls, couldn't that make your son a paraplegiarino?
This term may have originated with "Never Nervous" Pervis Ellison, a basketball player who played for the University of Louisville Cardinals from 1985-1989.
A person who cannot create condensation very well on glass with their breath.
[Jimbo breathes on the glass of the freezer at the Kwik-E-Mart, then writes "BITE ME" in the condensation.]
Dolph: Hah! Some ice cream guy's going to see that, and it'll blow his mind.
Bart: Let me try. [He tries to form condensation on the glass by breathing, but it fails.]
Jimbo: Way to breathe, no-breath.
Nuclear Whipping Boy (NWB)
In the episode "Worst Episode Ever", it is revealed, in a film that Bart and Milhouse find in Comic Book Guy's stash of illegal films hidden in his basement, that Springfield is classified Nuclear Whipping Boy in case of an emergency and will be bombed at will by all allies to calibrate their missiles. The general who is divulging this information then terminates the cameraman.
Homer's stated place of work; mispronunciation of nuclear power plant.
A nucleon is actually a term for the particles of matter within a nucleus.
Mock German, meaning a phone which causes distress.
In the episode "Bart vs. Australia", Bart dials several Southern Hemisphere countries attempting to discover in which direction their toilets flush. One of those countries is Argentina, where Bart winds up dialing a man who appears to be Adolf Hitler. When the man can't answer his phone in time, he laments, "Ach! Das Beinfon ist ein... Nuisancefon!"
According to Homer, the mother of all atomic particles.
In "Day of the Jackanapes", Moe is a contestant on the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?-parodied show Me Wantee! and as his lifeline, calls Homer for help on which of "electron", "neutron", "proton" or "bonbon", is not an subatomic particle. Homer begins a diatribe, "Well, it all starts when a nulecule comes out of its nest..." then Lisa grabs the phone and tells Moe that the correct answer is "bonbon". Moe follows Lisa's advice and wins $500,000. Moe then passes on the million dollar question and the Millionaire babes burn the other half of the million dollars in a wheelbarrow.
The true essence of a nulecule and how it gets pregnant (and who or what gets it pregnant) and gives birth to atomic particles has not yet been explained.
Burns' insult to an assassin who can't do the job of killing Grampa Simpson.
- Assassin: [after failing to kill Grampa] D'oh! Not again!
- Burns: I can't take much more of your blundering numbskullery.
A euphemistic exclamation Marge uses when something bad happens.
- Marge: Aaah, nutty fudgekins!
What Skinner says when he finds something funny.
- Skinner: Oh, ho ho, that place must be falling apart. Oh, mercy!
Ned Flanders' version of the phrase, "Okie Dokie."
Another variation is "Okely-dokely-do."
The Old Fork in the Eye
Moe's trick of stabbing people in the eye when they least suspect it.
One Way Passage to the Boneyard
The Sea Captain's word for an upcoming doom.
Pronounced /wɐntɐplɪt/ or one-tuplit, a child not born as part of a multiple-birth pregnancy. Specifically, what Homer laments his children are compared to the free gift-receiving octuplets of Apu and Manjula.
- The Sea Captain: Arr, Burns, your scurvy schemes will earn ya a one way passage to the boneyard.
A portmanteau of "ovulation" and "delicious." (See sacrilicious.)
When Apu's wife Manjula gives birth to octuplets, Apu confesses to secretly giving his wife fertility drugs. Several of the Simpsons admit that they had done the same, and Homer says "Mine tasted like strawberry." He pops one of the pills into his mouth, moaning "Mmm, ovulicious!".
Flanders: Uh, Homer? I don't mean to be a nervous pervis, but if he falls, couldn't that make your son a paraplegiarino?
Ralph Wiggum's description of a rat, when he and Bart are looking for a lost key to the electric chair of Morningwood Penetentiary in the episode "This Little Wiggy".
- Ralph: There's the key! [A rat takes the key] Aagh! The pointy kitty took it!
Most polluted. Used by the Rich Texan in conjunction with "rootinest tootinest".
Scientists who study the field of posture. Mrs. Krabappel informs her students that their oddly curved chairs were designed by such scientists in "The Boy Who Knew Too Much." Possibly just a marketing term used to sell the uncomfortable chairs.
- Edna Krabappel: Well, children, our new ultra-hard Posturefect chairs have arrived. They've been designed by eminent posturologists to eliminate slouching by the year 3000.
Formally The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism, it is the Protestant church attended by the Simpson family. Presbylutheranism was formed as a result of a schism with the Presbyterian and Lutheran churches over the right for worshippers to attend church with wet hair (a tenet the Presbylutheran church has since abandoned). A group of Presbylutheran ministers were also responsible for the approval of the stop-motion Gravey and Jobriath (a parody of Davey and Goliath, possibly referring to the singer Jobriath); we see one episode in which Gravey builds a pipe bomb to blow up a Planned Parenthood. See Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism.
Mr. Burns' word for pretzels..
"To spoil the fun of buying something by noticing the exorbitant price"; when Mr. Burns decides to make amends for his ingratitude after receiving the gift of life from Bart's blood, he takes Smithers shopping and then berates him for his pricetaggery.
One of the cardinal virtues in Presbylutheran ethics, prudissitude is the disposition to be shocked or embarrassed by matters relating to sex or nudity. Expressions of prudissitude are commonly made out of concern "for the children". In the episode, "In Marge We Trust", Marge raises her concerns about Rvd. Lovejoy's ministry, telling him that "Sermons about Constancy and Prudissitude are all very well and good, but the church could be doing so much more to reach people."
Pull a Homer
"To succeed despite idiocy", or rather, to have great amounts of dumb luck. After Homer does so in the episode "Homer Defined", this phrase becomes a temporary fad in the Simpsonverse.
A tunnel (that will be invented in the future) which does not physically exist, but traffic may pass through, by some quirk of physics. Future Homer drives his hovercar through the Quantum Tunnel on his way to Moe's Bar. It may be that the Quantum Tunnel replaced the Warren G. Harding Memorial Throughhole.
The name is a reference to the real phenomenon of quantum tunneling.
During the episode "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)", Homer samples many different chilis proudly served by Springfield residents at the annual chili cook-off. Chief Wiggum prepares an especially spicy concoction for Homer containing, "The merciless insanity peppers of Quetzlzacatenango… grown deep in the jungle primeval by the inmates of a Guatemalan insane asylum." "Quetzal" is a Central American bird and the currency of Guatemala. "Tenango" means in K'iche "land of". Acatenango is a volcano in Guatemala. "Quetzaltenango", also known as "Xela", is the second largest city in Guatemala. "Quetzalcoatl" was an Aztec deity.
A fictitious substance that creates rage. From the episode "I Am Furious (Yellow)", in which Homer admits: "I'm a rageoholic! I just can't live without rageohol!"
Like workaholic, the word is based on alcoholic, using "oholic" as a suffix for "addicted to."
To make more Rastafarian. Used by an animation executive designing Poochie, the unpopular character added to Itchy and Scratchy, as a byword for coolness. Rastafy was previously used by hip-hop artist The D.O.C. in his song 'It's Funky Enough'.
Disbelief in the existence of Ray. Used by Ned Flanders during an episode where Ray Romano guest stars (as Ray Magini) and everyone believes that Ray is a figment of Homer's imagination.
Fully, The Dreaded Rear Admiral: a fictitious school bully prank mentioned by Milhouse.
In the "Genesis Tub" part of the episode Treehouse of Horror VII, Lisa asks if she will ever be able to become normal size after Professor Frink uses the Debigulator on her. In response Frink says, "Why that would require some sort of rebigulator!".
In "The Blunder Years", a hypnotist turns Professor Frink into a suave ladies man, which suggests strongly that Frink's character is modeled on Jerry Lewis's Nutty Professor/Buddy Love very closely. When the spell wears off Frink says, "Oh dear, I've redorkulated." Literally, the word means, "to become dorky again."
Based on a common cliché in crime and action films, examples of retirony are one of the show's longest-lasting running gags, as illustrated by these instances:
- "Saturdays of Thunder" — Homer watches a McBain movie, where McBain's doomed partner (an analogue to Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon) is killed right before retirement.
- "Homer and Apu" — When Homer smashes the hidden camera hat used to spy on Apu, Kent Brockman tells him that the hat had one day left until retirement.
- "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons" — a man writes on a billboard "Today: Bachelor Auction. Tomorrow: I Retire, Ya Bastards!". Finishing up with the "!" the man topples off the ladder and falls to the ground.
- "Natural Born Kissers" — When a police dog sniffs a pair of Homer's underwear, it runs away, prompting Wiggum to say that the dog had one day left until retirement.
- "Homer to the Max" — A tree falls onto a police car, destroying it. Wiggum notes that the car had one day left until retirement.
- "Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers"" — Marge crashes into a prison, freeing some inmates, and Wiggum tells her "Those prisoners were one day away from being completely rehabilitated."
Vampires that only come out during the day and sleep at night. First, mockingly suggested by Lisa in the episode "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" as to the reason why parents were going to bed early. Later added to Bart's Grand Conspiracy Theory diagram along with the Saucer People and the Rand Corporation. ("We're through the looking glass, people" comments Milhouse, quoting a line from the film JFK).
In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Bus of the Undead," Master Shake refers to a supposedly vampiritic bus as a reverse vampire.
According to Cletus's wife (and sister), Brandine, "mirror" is just "a big city word for Reversifying Glass" (From the episode "The Seven-Beer Snitch").
Riding the Midnight Train to Slab City
Rock and/or Roll
Reverend Lovejoy's bizarre term for rock 'n' roll.
Reverend Lovejoy: Wait a minute... This sounds like rock and/or roll.
Homer's description of his act after eating a waffle that Bart threw on the ceiling, which he was praying to as if it were God. In the episode's DVD commentary, the writers stated that it was related to a disgusting candy on the ceiling of the writing room. The word is a portmanteau of the words sacrilegious and delicious. From the episode "Homer Loves Flanders".
C. Montgomery Burns' condescending dismissal of ordinary, middle or working-class women. Used along with "Johnny Lunchpail" From the episode "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish ".
Sandal-wearing goldfish tender
Homer's word for Lisa's favorite instrument.
He also seems to be unable to pronounce several other instruments. In "Lisa's Sax" where Homer tells Lisa the story of how she got her sax, he suggests a few other potential instruments: oboe-ma-bo, vio-mo-lin and tuba-ma-ba.
This is an example of Mytacism, or "Too frequent use of the letter m, or of the sound represented by it."
During Lisa's absence in "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily", Homer attempted to "play" Lisa's baritone saxophone in her memory by singing "Saxamaphone" to the tune of the initial motif from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony into the instrument.
Relating to the scalp. See also chestal.
- Skinner: What kind of parents would allow such a lapse in scalpal hygiene?
A long pole, usually made of metal, used for scientific purposes.
- Scientist: Frink, are you mad?! Put down that science pole!
An incorrect name for a scientist. From the "educational film" Meat and You -- Partners in Freedom featured in "Lisa the Vegetarian":
- Jimmy: Uhh, Mr. McClure? I have a crazy friend who says it's wrong to eat meat. Is he crazy?
- Troy: No, just ignorant. You see, your crazy friend never heard of "The Food Chain." Just ask this scientician.
- "Scientician": [Looks up from microscope] Uh -
- Troy: He'll tell you that, in nature, one creature invariably eats another creature to survive.
Probably a combination of the words 'science' or 'scientist' and the -cian ending of such words as 'dietician', 'physician', or 'statistician'.
Scotchtoberfest is a fake Scottish festival which was featured in the episode "Bart's Girlfriend". It was invented by Principal Seymour Skinner to catch Bart red-handed in the act of perpetrating a prank, as is Bart's perennial wont. Groundskeeper Willie, the Scottish school janitor, plays the bagpipes while wearing a kilt. Bart lifts his kilt with helium balloons, and since Willy wears his kilt without underpants, at least one woman faints at the sight.
- Skinner: There's no such thing as Scotchtoberfest.
- Willie: [sounding genuinely surprised] There's not?! Ya used me, Skinner. Ya used me!
It is a play on the Oktoberfest held in Munich, Germany every September.
A caterpillar that screams nearly all the time, even as it sleeps. Without constant reassurement, it will die, and it is sexually attracted to fire. It is endangered and illegal to kill one, despite the fact that it is a menace and, as Homer puts it, "God... want[s] it to die."
The fictional town of Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport is called "America's scrod basket" in "Summer of 4 Ft. 2". Conversely, Springfield is "America's Crud Bucket", according to Newsweek. Scrod means "A young cod or haddock, especially one split and boned for cooking as the catch of the day," so a scrod basket could be a type of fish container, or, in this context, a place producing lots of fish (Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport appears to be on the coast, so this is feasible). This could also refer to fish and chips, a meal that is often served in coastal towns in a plastic basket with scrod as the fish - hence "scrod basket."
- Lisa:So where are we going anyway?
Marge:Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport. Apparently it's America's Scrod basket.
Bart:I thought Springfield was America's Scrod basket.
Marge:No, Springfield is America's crud bucket. At least, according to Newsweek.
A useless stupid person, according to Mr. Burns.
- Mr. Burns: My name is the return address, you senseless dunderpate! Smithers, who is this nincompoop?
A D.U.I. committed by a woman.
- Chief Wiggum: This D.U.I. is a She. U.I.!
A play on the mispronunciation of the word "Shining" as a reference to the sixth sense, as in the Stephen King novel and Stanley Kubrick film The Shining. It appears in episode "Treehouse of Horror V." But as Willie stated that it was so they wouldn't get sued.
- Groundskeeper Willie: Boy, you read my thoughts! You've got the Shinning.
- Bart: You mean Shining.
- Groundskeeper Willie: Shhh! Do ya' want to get sued?
In "22 Short Films About Springfield," while he and Mr. Burns are riding a tandem bicycle, Smithers is stung by a bee and goes into anaphylactic shock. To save his lackey, Mr. Burns employs an insult-based motivational technique to inspire Smithers to pedal them both to the hospital. As they collapse upon arrival at the hospital, with his last gasp Mr. Burns calls Smithers a "wretched shirkaday." From "to shirk," meaning to avoid duty or responsibility, plus "workaday."
From "Thank God It's Doomsday", while hunting for a winning "photo" to be hung in the school lobby for the rest of the year, the Springfield Elementary Photo Club sees Principal Skinner's shirt sticking out of his pants zipper. Nelson declares "Look! The Principal has a shirt-wiener!" Much photo snapping ensues to the chagrin of Skinner.
Shiva H. Vishnu
An expression of surprise used by Apu, a Hindu. Obvious reference to "Jesus H. Christ".
Skanks for nothing
A ruder version of "thanks for nothing".
Bart: Skanks for nothin', Lamarella.
Beer with pieces of candy floating in it
Homer: "I'm feelin' low, Apu. You got any of that beer that has candy floating in it, you know, Skittlebrau?" Apu: "Such a product does not exist, sir! You must have dreamed it." Homer: "Oh. Well then just gimme a six-pack and a couple of bags of Skittles.
The 13th month of the year, which exists only on Springfield Elementary's misprinted calendars. Many Simpsons merchandise calendars also feature Smarch as a "bonus" month.
Homer: Lousy Smarch weather!
Used to inform others of your intentions to wantonly destroy an object or objects, or to encourage others to do so.
After smashing a window with cameras behind it. Bart: Smashy, smashy.(smashes a random window) Marge: Hmm, I don't approve of that.
From the episode "Itchy & Scratchy Land".
A fictional treatment option suggested in jest by Bart in "Lady Bouvier's Lover", to mock Grampa's and Grandma Jackie's competing suggestions for a medicinal response to Maggie's frightened reaction to flashbulbs, candles, and a darkened room during her birthday party. Said suggestions included: "Lister's Carbolic Unguent" on a wad of cotton, placed in Maggie's ear (from Grampa); a "balsam specific" (from Grandma Jackie); and a "curative galvanic belt" (facetiously from Grampa). This is a reference to unregulated (pre-FDA) early 20th Century pharmacological quackery.
Smell Ya Later
Phrase coined by Nelson Muntz. Another way to say 'see ya later' or 'goodbye.'
"I can't believe 'smell ya later' replaced goodbye." -- Bart Simpson, "Bart to the Future"
A word made up by Mr. Burns in "Last Exit to Springfield" for a song parodying Dr. Seuss's The Grinch:
- "Look at them all, through the darkness I'm bringing
They're not sad at all. They're actually singing!
They sing without juicers
They sing without blenders
They sing without flunjers, capdabblers and smendlers!"
The word is also used by Professor Frink's father after being given an unspecified type of hors d'œuvre possibly containing fish.
- Frink's father: Mmmm, that's a good smendler.
- Professor Frink: Oh, I've waited so long to hear you say that again! ...What does it mean? Is it dirty?
An adverb which describes of triumph over another knight in battle, to the point where a doctor needs to be called. Origin is allegedly pure Flanders. Said by Ned to Smithers in "Lisa's Wedding".
Zounds, I did thee mightily smitily!
A spokesperson for a cigarette company, such as Laramie Cigarettes' Menthol Moose, or Joe Camel.
The American Cancer Society has used this term frequently in a recent anti-smoking ad campaign parodying "American Idol" entitled "America's Next Smokesperson".
Also used to describe Nick Naylor in the 1994 book Thank You For Smoking: A Novel."
In the episode "Lisa Gets an "A"", Snacktacular is offered by Edna Krabappel as an acceptable atomic weight for the element Bolonium as taken from a promotional periodic table provided by Oscar Mayer.
A person who snitches on others.
Milhouse: Bart did it! That Bart right there!
Reverend Lovejoy: Milhouse, you did the right thing. Bart, come with me for punishment. You too, snitchy.
Homer's term for a complex machine, used to describe Frink's matter transporter. i.e "Bart, this is a highly sophistimacated doowhackey," proving that he can't even get the word "doohickey" right.
Speedhole or Speed Hole
While dressed as Krusty the Clown, Homer is shot at by mob assassins (under the direction of Fat Tony) as he visits a car dealership. Asking about the new bullet holes peppering the vehicle he is interested in (after they shoot and miss), Homer is told by the quick-thinking salesman that they are speedholes to make the car go faster. (Homer responds knowingly, "Oh, yeah. Speed holes!") Later in the episode, Homer 'installs' speedholes in his existing car with a pick-axe, to the bafflement of Ned Flanders. The word has been picked up by many fans to jokingly describe the condition of run-down cars (specifically, those with holes in the body).
In reality, Buick cars are famous for having holes in the front fender on both sides. Called VentiPorts these were first advertized as providing ventilation to the engine bay though in later years they became purely aesthetic.
Apu's description for his karmic fall from grace, suffered in Episode 1F10, "Homer & Apu". In response to Marge asking him if he would accompany her to the Kwik-E-Mart for milk, Apu says "I cannot go there. That is the scene of my spiritual de-pantsing".
A corporate mascot designed to appeal to the anti-authoritarian streak in children and teens.
From Lemon of Troy as Milhouse's declaration of having squeezed all of the lemons at his Lemonade Stand.
- MILHOUSE: Gasp! We've squozen our whole supply. To the lemon tree!
- FAT TONY: I don't get mad. I get stabby.
- MARGE [on Sideshow Bob]: He's getting that stabby look again.
An alternate name for hamburgers. In one of the segments from "22 Short Films About Springfield", a mishap in the kitchen forces Principal Skinner to tell Superintendent Chalmers they were having steamed clams. After Skinner sneaks back from Krustyburger with lunch, Chalmers confronts him on the change in menu. Skinner tries to pass off that he in fact said 'steamed hams', a regional term from upstate New York synonymous with hamburgers. When Chalmers retorts that he is from Utica, and has never heard the term, and that the nickname "steamed hams" made no sense because the burgers were "obviously grilled", Skinner's final stab at alleviating his discomfort is "oh, no, it's an Albany expression". To this, an inexplicably satisfied Chalmers replies, "I see," and ceases the questioning immediately. This is probably Skinner's best performance at dealing with Chalmers; at the end of the night, Chalmers remarks "Well, Seymour, you are an odd fellow, but I must say... you steam a good ham."
In the French Canadian version, Skinner tries to pass a hamburger off as "un ham vapeur," claiming that it's a regional dialect from the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. Chalmers tells Skinner he's from Jonquière and has never heard the term "ham vapeur," but Skinner tells him that it's an Alma expression.
A generic term that appeared in the "Trash of the Titans" episode, referring to any article that emits a foul or unpleasant odor. When telling the voters what the garbagemen will do, one of the things is "Air out your 'stinkables'".
The practice of success through the use of "Megatronics"; Homer enrolls in Stark Richdale's extension class Successmanship 101, which gives him the "Megatronics: The 48 Tips to Corporate Success" tools needed to take over the SNPP. From "C.E. D'oh".
- [Homer leaves the class and is reading the Successmanship book while driving]
- Homer: "Step One, 'Live every day as if it were your last.'"
- [cut to next scene: Homer sobbing inconsolably on the curb]
- Homer: "Step Two..."
"Megatronics: The 48 Tips to Corporate Success" is a direct reference to the book "The 48 Laws of Power." Megatronics also appears to be an oblique reference to the engineering discipline mechatronics.
Bart Simpson's name for Springfield Elementary. In "How the Test Was Won ", Bart laments, " I can't believe we have to start another year at school. I never learned anything at that suck shack." Later in the episode when Superintendent Chalmers is preparing students for a high stakes standardized test he explains, "Your scores on this test will determine how much money this suck-shack gets for years to come."
A large screen that blocks out the sun over a large area. The Springfield sunblocker was dreamt up and built by Mr. Burns in Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One). It was destroyed by angry residents in Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two).
Describes something so apparent or obvious that it's irresistible. The most direct of the three methods ("Subliminal, liminal, and superliminal") used by Navy recruiter Lt. L. T. Smash to convince new recruits. The term was coined in the 12th season episode "New Kids on the Blecch".
- Lisa: But you have recruiting ads on TV. Why do you need subliminal messages?
Smash: It's a three-pronged attack: subliminal, liminal, and superliminal.
Smash: I'll show you. [opens the window, and shouts at Lenny and Carl, who are standing on the corner] Hey, you! Join the Navy!
Carl: Uh, yeah, all right.
Lenny: I'm in.
Flanders: Well, sir, I hate to be suspicious Aloysius on you, but DID YOU STEAL MY AIR CONDITIONER!?
What Grampa Simpson used to call a suitcase in his youth.
- Grampa: Back in my day, a suitcase was called a Swedish lunchbox!
From the episode "Jaws Wired Shut".
The effect of the modern world, what with its TV and diet sodas, on the youth of today, as stated by keen-eyed observer of humanity Moe Szyslak in the episode "Homer's Phobia". Suggested remedies involve killing men, or, better yet, a deer, which Barney declares is "like killing a beautiful man".
A food product designed to look like something other than what it actually is.
In "All's Fair in Oven War", Marge enters the Ovenfresh Bakeoff with "Dessert Dogs" - hot dogs which are actually made of cookie dough "dogs", meringue "buns", cherry sauce "ketchup", and caramel "mustard". When she presents the idea to an experienced contestant, he refers to the idea as a "tasty-fake". It might be a reference to the Delaware Valley's popular Tastykake snack cakes. 
A portmanteau of "telemarketing" and "panhandling", specifically used by Homer in describing his auto-dialer scam.
A The direction that is referred to as "down" in the rest of the country.
A hundred dollar bill. When Moe bets the Rich Texan a hundred dollars on whether Homer can defeat him in an arm-wrestling contest, the Rich Texan throws his hundred dollar bill on the bar and claims it is a Texas penny.
Third World Loser Country
A term used by Moe Szyslak in The Boy Who Knew Too Much to describe a third-world nation. Moe: Freddy Quimby was with me the entire... night in question. We were collecting canned goods for the starving people in... er, you know, one of them loser countries.
A type of road of relatively unknown description; it could be a combination of a thruway and a tunnel.
In the episode "Thank God It's Doomsday" there are two references to a road leading out of Springfield called the Warren Harding Memorial Throughhole.
A fictional hybrid fruit that is half tomato and half tobacco, from the episode "E-I-E-I-D'oh".
Homer's former mangling of the word "tomorrow", as revealed in "HOMЯ".
Perhaps spelled 'Traumady', Traumedy is a portmanteau of 'trauma' and 'comedy' identified by Dr Hibbert in the episode "Faith Off" as a syndrome of horrifying yet amusing injuries. Also a pun on the term "dramedy".
A term for one who plays the trombone. Mr. Largo, the music teacher, asks Lisa if she finds something funny about the word "tromboner" after she chuckles at a prank Nelson Muntz plays on Groundskeeper Willie in "Lisa's Date with Density."
The state or condition of being unable to be blown up. Describing his toy rocket, Homer says: "The word unblowuppable is thrown around a lot these days, but I think I can say for certain that... (Boom)". This may refer to the people who confidently predicted that the Titanic was "unsinkable."
Used by Mayor Quimby to describe the dire straits the town found itself in after Homer became Sanitation Commissioner, requiring the implementation of the town's all-purpose contingency plan.
- Mayor Quimby: We must face up to the unfaceuptoable!
Most likely a reference to "enduring the unendurable" in Emperor Hirohito's Gyokuon-hōsō speech.
'Unky Herb', the term Herb Powell wants Bart and Lisa to call him, since Uncle is too formal and Unky is cuter.
- Ralph: [Upon Principal Skinner informing him that he's failing English class] Me fail English? That's unpossible!
"Unpossible" appears in Shakespeare's play Richard II, Act 2, Scene 2.
The word first came into contemporary use in Walt Kelly's comic strip Pogo.
Up and At Them
This is how Ranier Wolfcastle kept pronouncing Radioactive Man's catchphrase, which was intended to be "Up and Atom!" In real life, Army movies and other sources have used the phrase "Up and at 'em", and the 1960s cartoon, Atom Ant, introduced the "Up and atom!" version. The Austrian Ranier Wolfcastle is apparently not fluent enough in English to get the intended joke, and he keeps insistently pronouncing it very flatly.
- Crew Member: Up and atom.
- Rainer Wolfcastle: Up and at them.
- Crew Member: Up and atom.
- Rainer Wolfcastle: Up and at them.
- Crew Member: Up and ATOM!
- Rainer Wolfcastle: Up and AT THEM!
- Crew Member: ...Better.
Cletus' term for an elevator (from the episode "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife")
Mr. Burns's archaic name for a car's accelerator pedal. Burns attempts to drive a car for the first time while proclaiming he is sure the owners manual will instruct him as to which lever is the velocitator and which one is the deceleratrix.
Volleyball played with a brick instead of a ball.
Another name for a turkey. In "Lisa v. Malibu Stacy," Grandpa Simpson drones on with a rambling story about Thanksgiving:
- "I just used [my washtub] that morning to wash my turkey, which in those days was known as a walking bird. We'd always have walking bird on Thanksgiving with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we'd all watch football, which in those days was called 'baseball'..."
Someone who does not wish you any specific harm.
When Homer asks the guys in the bar if they are his soulmate, moe responds with, "I'm a well-wisher, in that I don't wish you any specific harm."
- This is a phase Bart to express how he's impress by an item or an ability someone has.
Mr. Burns's word for a generic object that is mysterious to him.
Note: this actually is not a made-up word .
An imaginary dog made up by Ralph Wiggum, who can wiggle his tail to fly.
- Marge: Is that normal?
- Chief Wiggum: Oh, he's just playing Wiggle Puppy. I tell ya, that dog has had some amazing adventures...
Spoken by Bart on Krusty's TV show after his rendition of his catchphrase, "I didn't do it!" for the umpteenth time yielded only a short, quiet laugh, a cough and some crickets. From the "Bart Gets Famous" episode.
Initially said earlier in the episode by Homer, hoping to exploit his other children for financial gain, as a suggestion for something funny for Lisa to say:
- Homer: Come on, Lisa, say something funny.
- [holds a tape recorder with a microphone]
- Lisa: Like what?
- Homer: Oh, something stupid like Bart would say. "Bucka Bucka" or "Woozle Wuzzle": something like that.
"Woozled" is also a colloquial term for "drunk; intoxicated with alcohol". "Wuzzled" is a possible variation.
Used by Chief Wiggum in "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" to mean mouth.
- Bob: There. That's the last condom wrapper.
- [a jet flies by, blowing all the neatly piled trash away]
- Bob: Oh, I renew my objection to this pointless endeavor! Informally now and by affidavit later. Time permitting.
- Wiggum: Shut your word hole! We've got to get this place clean for the air show.
What Grampa calls bananas. At the end of one of his trademark long, pointless speeches, he says, "...and that's why today, bananas are called yellow fatty-beans. Any questions?". From the episode "Natural Born Kissers".
After appearing many times on The Simpsons, "Yoink" has gained widespread usage as a verbal exclamation made when removing or stealing an object from its owner or rightful place. It can also be used as a verb: "I yoinked it." First used by Homer in "Duffless", when he snatches the wad of money he saved, by not drinking for a month, from Marge. Coined by Simpsons writer George Meyer.
It is possible that "Yoink" is a verbal imitation of the sound effect (performed by a violin) which has been used to illustrate that something is being unceremoniously removed or stolen. The most recognizable example of this would be during the intro to "The Jetsons" where George holds out a dollar bill and "Yoink", Jane grabs the whole wallet instead. "Yoink" is a verbal declaration that a transaction has taken place, frequently to the consternation of the party relinquishing the article.
- See also: The Yoink List.
Used to describe that certain je ne sais quoi that Bart has as an anchor of Kidz News, and that Lisa, a much better investigative reporter, does not. From the episode "Girly Edition":
- Lisa: What is 'zazz'?
- Lindsey Naegle: Zing! Zork! Kapowza! Call it what you want, in any language it spells mazuma in the bank!
- Lisa: 'Zork'? What is 'zork'?
- Lindsey Naegle: I didn't say 'zork'. The point is, the camera loves him!
Possibly a play on the word "pizzazz", meaning flair, zest or energy.
Exclamation used when one cannot comprehend a complex situation or statement. Used by Bart Simpson, in the episode "The PTA Disbands", when Milhouse says to Bart: "Bart, you'll never get Krabappel and Skinner together again. They're like two positively charged ions." Bart responds, "Zuh?"
The word was also used by Homer in the episode "The Frying Game" when he could not think of anymore similar-sounding exclamations.
Homer (upon seeing the corpse of Mrs. Bellamy): Wha? Muh? Buh?...Zuh?
- The Simpsons: A Complete Guide To Our Favorite Family. New York: HarperCollins Publishers; 1997.
- Culturally significant phrases from The Simpsons. (2006, December 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:33, December 12, 2006, from Wikipedia