The Five: Not real words
Television not only entertains us and informs us of the next sale at True Value Hardware, but it can also expand your vocabulary if you watch the right shows. The Simpsons is rife with made-up words, some of which have become part of the lexicon. Today we're celebrating words that aren't really words, so here are five of mine. Throw down some of your own in the comments. Check it:
- "Smeg" (Red Dwarf): We really do have too many damn swear words, but "smeg" could easily replace them all. It's the perfect all-purpose cry of anguish: "Ah, smegging hell!" or even a simple "SMEG!" does nicely.
- "Frell" (Farscape): Farscape was my favorite show I never watched. While I found it incredibly entertaining the few times I was able to catch it, I would always forget to make a point to keep tuning in. Anyway, "frell" is yet another all-purpose curse word. I still think I like "smeg" better, though.
- "Mebs" (Saturday Night Live, "Coneheads"): The last of my "alien words" for this little list. The Coneheads used this word to pretty much mean anything, though it usually seemed to act as a kind of warning or cry of anguish.
- "Vitameatavegamin" (I Love Lucy): That infamous tonic that made Lucy tipsy on live TV. It became the center of one of the most popular episodes of the series, and it's now more or less a part of TV history.
- "Knowitallism" (The Simpsons): This is kind of a cheat since I've already written about fake Simpsons words, but I especially like this one. Lisa is accused of "knowitallism" in her permanent record and immediately complains that it isn't even a word, thus negating the word itself while simultaneously proving that yes, she does suffer from "knowitallism." That's heavy, man.