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Re: USAGE: 'cromulent' (was: RE: [CONLANG] Indicating verbs valence? (Was: The disappeared conlang)

From:The Gray Wizard <dbell@...>
Date:Friday, January 25, 2002, 23:34
> From: And Rosta > > > > From: Stephen Mulraney > > > 'luculent' - that's not quite a cromulent word, is it ? ;) > > Is 'cromulent' a nonce invention, or is it pseudolatinate > slang like 'discombobulate', 'contraption', etc., in which case, > what does it mean?
I don't watch The Simpsons, but my nephew is a big fan. Knowing my love of words, he related to me an episode in which the Simpsons were playing Scrabble. After placing a nonsense word on the board and being faced with challenges from the rest of the family, Homer commented "It's a perfectly cromulent word." Obviously, the joke was that he was using a word he made up to support the validity of his use of another word he had made up. [I may have gotten that all wrong as it is second-hand, but you get the gist of it] Apparently, "cromulent" is now used as a Simpsons reference/joke. Stay curious, David David E. Bell The Gray Wizard AIM: GraWzrd Wisdom begins in wonder.