Vocabulary From The Simpsons

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Some words from The Simpsons cartoon.

the Simpsons family couch
The Simpsons

cornball → this cornball stunt is gonna put us over the top. —Burns (Burns trying to run governor (using devious means))

sap → what a sap! —Bart Simpson

logy → Mom, Bart is on a strict diet of complex carbohydrates. Steak will make him logy. —Lisa Simpson (miniature golf competition with the Flander's Todd)

scoundrel → “Prayer — the last refugee of a scoundrel.” —Lisa Simpson, said in her usual sarcastic tone

Gubernatorial → newspaper headline: Burns enters Gubernatorial race (Two cars in every garage and three eyes on every fish)

garbologist → Q: But how do we turn your average Joe Six-Pack against Mary Bailey? A: With this team of investigators. Your muckraker, your character assassin, your mudslinger, your garbologist. —Burns trying to run for governor

forfend → oh dear, heaven forfend! —Burns

troglodytes → This anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes [the Simpsons] has cost me the election. (Burns trying to run for governor.)

rambunctious → Marj: “I hope you'll space out the tubs this year, Homer.” “Homer: What are you getting at?” Marj: “Well, last year you got a little rambunctious and mooned the poor umpire.”

quail → Hey, Flash, check out the mature quail headin' this way. [lewd baseball player telling his companion of Marj approaching]

affront, imbroglio → Burns: … that this trial is an affront to our collective dignity. What do you say we settle this man to man?
Homer: You mean, duke it out?
Burns: Oh, no. I mean i'm prepared to offer you a most generous cash settlement. well, a handsome sum — that can end this little imbroglio once and for all. (Burns offering the Simpsons of a lawsuit settlement where Burns ran over Bart.)

stinkpot → Homer: “My name's Homer Simpson. I'd like to sign up for something.”
Clerk: “well, we have an opening on the debate team.”
Homer: “Debate, like arguing?”
Clerk: “Yes.”
Homer: “I'll take that, you stinkpot! Just warming up, Mrs Bloominstein.” [episode where Homer were in highschool trying to sign up with some extracurricular clubs to impress Marj.].

shot-putter → Homer Simpson? Oh yeah, Junior varsity shot-putter. mm-hmm. [Homer's college counselor commenting on Homer to young Marj]

pumice → “pass the pumice, please.” [Homer to co-workers at work place's public shower]

matrimony → we are gathered here today to join Stanley and Martha in holy matrimony. —preacher Lovingjoy

ham-fisted → what matchbook art school did you flunk out of, you ham-fisted near-sighted house painter? —Burns scolding on a hired professional portrait painter

caterwauling → Beatles? I seem to remember their off-key caterwauling on the old Sullivan show. —Burns

mixology → i have a PH D in mixology. —Flanders.

lariat → Give me WonderWoman, and that golden lariat. She can tie me up anytime. —Homer

sawbones → Smithers: “oh Burns, we've got to get a doctor.” Burns: “Absolutely not! No quack sawbones is going to apply his leeches to me!”

kick off → Aw, old man Burns is gonna kick off… if he doesn't get some double-o-negative blood, but nobody at the plant has it. —Homer (at the end Bart gave blood to Burns and saved him)

pith, vinegar → Smithers, i'm back in the pink! Full of pith and vinegar! —Burns

dawdle → i suggest you don't dawdle. The hounds will be released in ten minutes. —Burns, final speech for a company holiday at his manor.

tincture → you know it's funny Smithers, i tried every tincture and poultice and tonic and patent medicine there is, and all i really needed was the blood of a young boy. —Burns

effervescent → What's the matter, Homer? You're not your normal effervescent self. —Marj

Lyrics to a Xmas reindeer song mockery:

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows (Bart: Like a light bulb) (Homer: Bart!)
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names (Lisa: Like Shnozolla!) (Homer: Lisa!)
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games (Bart: Like strip poker!) (Homer: I'm warning you two!)
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa Came to say (Marge: Take it, Homer!)
Homer: Uh, Rudolph get your nose over here
Homer: So you can guide my sleigh today (Grandpa: Oh, Homer.)
Then all the reindeer loved him
And they shouted out with glee
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
You'll go down in history
(Bart: like Atilla the Hu—) (Homer: You little—) (Bart Gagging, Homer Growling)

An episode on Xmas: (it's Christmas night, and Homer is not home yet. The family members are together watching TV in the living room, waiting for Homer. Marj's sisters also present.)

Aunt Patty: It's almost 9:00. Where's Homer anyway? It's so typical of the big doofus to spoil it all.

Lisa: What, Aunt Patty?

Patty: Oh, nothing, dear. I'm just trashing your farther.

Lisa: well, i wish you wouldn't. Because, aside from the fact he has the same frailties as all human beings, he's the only father i have. Therefore, he is my model of manhood, and my estimation of him will govern the prospects of my adult relationships. So i hope you bear in mind that any knock at him is a knock at me, and i'm far too young to defend myself against such onslaughts.

Patty:… Mm-hmm. Go watch your cartoon show, dear.

Simpsons roasting on an open fire.

unadulterated pap —Homer's dad ()

Oh, but, Bart, don't you remmeber the boredom… the ennui, the intellectual malaise


[scoffs] i have never seen such an obvious attempt to curry my favor. —Burns

No! Ignoret he boy, Lord.
Can the chatter, and bow your heads.
Deaer Lord, thank you for this microwave bounty,
even though we don't deserve it.
i mean, our kids are uncontrollable hellions.
Pardon my French, but they act like savages.
Did you see them at the picnic?
Of course you did. You're everwhere.
You're “omnivorous.”
O Lord, why did you smite me with this family.
[All] Amen! Let's eat.

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