Here is your word for the day: Embiggen.
Let's use it in a sentence.
"A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man."
Congratulations. You've just used one of the 850 new words Merriam-Webster has added to its dictionary.
Other words that made the cut, according to Monday's announcement: Wordie ("a lover of words"), mansplain (ask the nearest woman what that means), glamping (faux-camping with all the creature comforts of home) and dumpster fire, (an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence, aka 'hot mess.')
Other members of the Class of 2018 include: Life hack, welp, cryptocurrency, harissa (a spicy North African chili paste), chiweenie (a cross between a Chihuahua and a dachshund) and narcissistic personality disorder, among specific psychological conditions that have been increasingly used in recent years, the dictionary folks note.
Those are all real words. Embiggen is not, and we have "The Simpsons" to thank for it.
Merriam-Webster cites 1996 as the first known use of the word, which is when it was uttered on the animated show by a young Jebediah Springfield, founder of Homer and Bart's hometown.
In the "Lisa The Iconoclast" episode, Lisa Simpson investigates the town founder's background. In one scene, students watch a film about Jebediah in which he utters what became the town's motto: "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man."
Merriam-Webster defines embiggen this way: "to make bigger or more expansive." It notes its usage is "informal" and "humorous."
That means nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
Business Insider reports that, according to "Simpsons" lore, show-runners challenged the episode's writers to slip two real-sounding, but fake, words into the script.
Embiggen was one, cromulent the other. The two words became running jokes for "Simpsons" fans.
Three years ago Mental Floss listed the "11 best uses of bad grammar" from "The Simpsons," and embiggen ranked No. 1.
"The town motto of Springfield takes the air out of the hifalutin’ pretentiousness of lofty sloganeering by sticking a simple “big” where it doesn’t belong," the website noted.
Embiggen "became the "stealth lexical champion" of the scene," Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper said in an A.V .Club video last year. "Because it doesn't look transparently fake, it's been used in print unwinkingly."
In a statement, Merriam-Webster associate editor Emily Brewster said that for a word to make its way into the dictionary, "it must have widespread, sustained, and meaningful use.
"These new words have been added to the dictionary because they have become established members of the English language, and are terms people are likely to encounter."
In 2014, the Oxford English Dictionary added two other words popularized by "The Simpsons" to its pages — "d'oh" and "meh."
An Oxford dictionary blog at the time noted "the first episode of 'The Simpsons' aired twenty-five years ago, on 17 December, 1989, and since then, English has never been the same."