#1 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4692 posts) -

So that Embiggen button is weird, because I'm fairly sure Embiggen is not a real word and maybe the GB duders made it up or something? At least that's what I assumed.

So imagine my startlement when I saw the word used on Patrick Rothfuss's blog!

http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2012/01/gaiman-and-goats-gifts-that-keep-on-giving/

Specifically this part:

(Click to Embiggen and you can actually read the titles….)

Or is Embiggen an American thing and I'm an idiot?

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#2 Edited by chilibean_3 (1633 posts) -

Embiggen is a very old Simpsons reference.

#3 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3780 posts) -

Embiggen is a reference to the Simpsons. And the little guy is Andre the Giant.

#4 Posted by SpaceRunaway (861 posts) -

I couldn't tell you, but Joystiq has also been doing this for a really long time.  
 
Edit:  A quick google search tells me that, like everything else, The Simpsons used it first.

#5 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4692 posts) -

Oh right. So I'm just dumb. Well, or not. I mean, if I got a Simpsons reference, then I'd be dumb.

But still, I'm pretty dumb.

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#6 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -

As the people above have said, embiggen is a made-up word created by The Simpsons writers. It's since gained somewhat common use on the internet. It's a perfectly cromulent word.

#7 Posted by jozzy (2042 posts) -

@louiedog said:

As the people above have said, embiggen is a made-up word created by The Simpsons writers. It's since gained somewhat common use on the internet. It's a perfectly cromulent word.

Damn you, made me look up cromulent...

#8 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2684 posts) -

How can you call yourself a member of the internet and not know where that word originates?

#9 Posted by phish09 (1109 posts) -

lol. kids. Bet you know who sings that "baby baby baby oh" song though.

#10 Posted by MikkaQ (10281 posts) -

I recall a Dave Radio Show where the caller asked for a feature to embiggen videos and Dave seemed receptive enough to it, then bam we got an embiggen button soon afterward. Guess the caller was referencing The Simpsons.

#11 Posted by ShaggE (6403 posts) -

@phish09 said:

lol. kids. Bet you know who sings that "baby baby baby oh" song though.

lol, assuming that all people of a certain generation get 100% of the references from said generation.

#12 Posted by phish09 (1109 posts) -

@ShaggE said:

@phish09 said:

lol. kids. Bet you know who sings that "baby baby baby oh" song though.

lol, assuming that all people of a certain generation get 100% of the references from said generation.

Better than assuming that they all originated with Giantbomb.

#13 Posted by ShaggE (6403 posts) -

@phish09 said:

@ShaggE said:

@phish09 said:

lol. kids. Bet you know who sings that "baby baby baby oh" song though.

lol, assuming that all people of a certain generation get 100% of the references from said generation.

Better than assuming that they all originated with Giantbomb.

Because it's so crazy to imagine that Giant Bomb made up a word? The site that regularly plays fast and loose with the English language? At least the guy asked to make sure. This is why so many people choose to keep believing their assumptions quietly, because they catch shit for trying to enlighten themselves.

#14 Posted by AlexW00d (6231 posts) -

@ShaggE: But why not just use Google? Like every other person on the internet.

#15 Posted by Turambar (6726 posts) -
@phish09 said:

lol. kids. Bet you know who sings that "baby baby baby oh" song though.

No clue, but I do know who sings the "Baneling Banelings Banelings oh" song.
#16 Posted by ShaggE (6403 posts) -

@AlexW00d said:

@ShaggE: But why not just use Google? Like every other person on the internet.

Can't say, but still no reason to belittle him.

I think I'm just sick of internet cynicism in general. (a thing that I have taken part in myself, so don't take this as a "holier than thou" statement)