'Meh' and you: Words we learned from pop culture

Simpsons_veggies The Collins English Dictionary has welcomed into its fray the now-real word: Meh. According to Radar, the word originated in a 2001 episode of The Simpsons, when Homer suggested Bart and Lisa do something other than watch TV and they couldn’t bring themselves to employ a real word, let alone eye contact or complete sentences. (I would have erroneously pegged "meh" to South Park, because "meh" sounds exactly like what Cartman tends to lisp instead of "me" or "my.") Anyway, please vote (for anything but "McDreamy," for the love of god) in our new-word poll, below. And check out the inspiration for our somewhat blurry image to your left, the amusingly vegetative compilation of "Every Simpsons Couch," on YouTube.

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  • Lauren

    ‘OMFG’ was not originated by Gossip Girl.

  • Court

    “OMFG” has been around at least as long as instant messaging. Lame.

  • MsDaisy

    I voted for McDreamy just to be contrary.

  • kb

    umm, “frick” on “Scrubs” is way better than “frak.”

  • Patty

    I have to admit that use some nonsense words created by The Simpsons. I say ‘boo-urns’ on a daily basis.

  • Kim

    Gossip Girl popularized the term OMFG and is actually the only show I am aware of that uses the term out loud. Sure we see it in chat rooms but who cares about that? We’re talking about TV shows that make certain words or expressions popular. And The Simpsons are just awesome for popularizing “meh”. I’ve been using that since 2001. ;)

  • Cygnus

    Yeah, some 19 year old twit writer prolly wrote this article, and they think the world began when Gossip Girl hit the airwaves. I clearly remember OMG and OMFG being around since the early days of the Internet ca 1994.

  • Cygnus

    Kim, something doesnt necessarily have to be popularized on TV to make it relevant to pop-culture. Besides, OMFG was popular way before Gossip Girl. Stop trying to justify your belief that Gossip Girl is on the cutting edge of pop-culture, because it was in their words, “sooooo 2007″.

  • Crim

    I nominate “boink” (a verb meaning “to you-know-what”), which originated in a “Cheers” episode back in the 1980s.

  • Brian

    Meh was used on The Simpsons waaaaaaay before 2001

  • Cygnus

    Also, on a side note, what is EW’s obsession with bandwagonning certain shows, movies, and music? Ie. Twilight, Harry Potter, Lost, Gossip Girl, Entourage, Buffy, etc? I thought EW was an entertainment related magazine, not a “Watch this because we say so” magazine. How about a little more diversity across your reporting and writing. Finally, what genius picked Stephen King and Diablo Cody to be the voice of a generation? What generation would that be, baby boomers? 60’s hippies? 70’s disco freaks? They seem like they’re more around for nostalgia than having anything applicable to say regarding entertainment in 2008.

  • Kim S

    I have also added the Simpsonism “cromulent” to my vocab.

  • Jennifer

    As much as I love me some Blurgh, I say Frak wayyyyyyyy more often

  • Sara

    It’s not “blurg”. It’s “blёrg”. See picture: http://images1. fanpop.com/images /image_uploads /Blerg-30-rock-1152868_625_350.jpg

  • mike

    OMFG predates Gossip Girl by at least 4 or 5 years. Seriously EW writers, is there some sort minimal-research-ability test you have to fail before they hire you?

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