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.
David E. Bell
The Gray Wizard
Wisdom begins in wonder.