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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