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Goblin Farts and Robot Orphans: 10 Tumblr Posts About Word Origins to Make You Cry with Mirth and Frustration

Etymology, “the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history,” is fascinating, but it is often also mind-boggling, frustrating and hilarious. Tumblr happens to be a great resource for finding some of most terrible and amusing examples of etymology, as it is a place where many millions of people keep their secret online collections of terrible and amusing things, and for that, I am grateful.


Check out some of the best examples of etymology so funny, so frustrating and so down right odd that it will have you wailing with innumerable etymology-related emotions.






















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A Word Invented by ‘The Simpsons’ Added to US Dictionary 22 Years Later

‘Embiggen,’ a word which debuted on an episode of cartoon The Simpsons in 1996, has been officially added to the US Dictionary. Isn’t that nice. 


In a sweep of 850 new words, Merriam-Webster has announced that ’embiggen’ has been added to the dictionary. The word, though first appearing in The Simpsons, has been made popular by the show Ms. Marvel, and means to “make bigger or more expansive.” Ms. Marvel has the power to ’embiggen’ herself.


The motto of the town in which the Simpson family reside, Springfield, is “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”




The creators of Ms. Marvel are thrilled with the news.



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