Wondrous Words Wednesday – Cromulent

Posted January 5, 2022 by elzaread in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 28 Comments

Greetings you guys! It’s the first Wednesday of the year and time for Wondrous Words Wednesday. If you don’t know by now, Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by yours truly. The concept is fairly easy – all you need to do, is share any new (or new to you) words you came across this week and share them with us. You are also welcome to share words you simply want to show off to us. For more on Wondrous Words Wednesday, you can click here.

I see a lot of people choose a word of the year. I’ve actually never thought about that. Have you ever done that before? If I have to choose a word for 2022, I am going to be a copycat and take the brilliant author, Colleen Hoover’s word of the year:

If you Google the word, you will see that the word cromulent originated as a joke on the popular sitcom, The Simpsons. If it’s a real and proper word by now, in other words, is it listed in the Oxford Dictionary, I actually have no idea. But I do know that Merriam Webster considers it as a perfectly, cromulent word.

Cromulent first appeared in the February 18, 1996 episode of The Simpsons called “Lisa the Iconoclast,” in what could be considered a throw-away line given during the opening credits. The schoolchildren of Springfield are watching a film about the founding father of Springfield, Jebediah Springfield. The film ends with Jebediah intoning, “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.” One teacher at the back of the room leans over to another and says that she’d never heard the word embiggen before she moved to Springfield. “I don’t know why,” the other teacher replies. “It’s a perfectly cromulent word.”

I don’t expect much of 2022. I just need it to be cromulent. Nothing strange or extraordinary please. Just adequate, acceptable and fine will suit me perfectly well.

For our last Wondrous Words Wednesday for 2021, we joined up with Wordless Wednesday. From new words to no words, perfectly combination. Wordless Wednesday is hosted by Sandee @ Comedy Plus and it’s even more simple than Wondrous Words Wednesday.

Wordless Wednesday (WW) is a visual blogosphere phenomenon. Wordless Wednesday is a simple blog post featuring a photo which conveys a message that speaks for itself without using words. One thing for sure is this is a fun and easy meme to do. So come and join us in Wordless Wednesday.

If we have to choose between 2020 and its evil baby brother 2021, I will rather go with 2020. At least it brought out the warriors in us. 2021 just turned most of us into worriers. Huge difference. Ha, I might use that for our next WWW!

Here’s to 2022 being a perfectly cromulent year.

PS: Our Mr Linky expired with 2021. If you would like to join us for Wondrous Words Wednesday, leave your link in the comment section. Wordless Wednesday’s link-up you can find on Sandee’s blog as highlighted above.

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28 responses to “Wondrous Words Wednesday – Cromulent

    • elzaread

      I know! That’s why I love Wondrous Words Wednesday so much!

      Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

  1. Hi, Marelia and Elza,

    Wouldn’t it be lovely to see everyone’s word for the year? I have chosen the word “play” for the last three years, but for this year I chose “love.” It’s an overused word, like most of the best words, but it is a word that I want to carry with me as I go forward. I want to be a person of love, in everything I do, in whatever time I have left on this planet.

    I think most of us would be delighted to find that 2022 is cromulent after the last two crazy years that we’ve had!

    Thank you for hosting Wondrous Words!

    Deb+Nance+at+Readerbuzz recently posted: Wondrous Words: The Book of Hard Words
    • elzaread

      Hi Steve! Oh I like cromulentastic! That is stunning version of cromulent.

      Yes, let’s all start using that word so that it can be printed in the Oxford Dictionary!

      Have a wonderful 2022!

  2. Love your word for the year. I love it when things are fine.

    I love your Wordless graphic. Made me smile.

    If you want to use my linkys there is a link at the bottom of my post that says “get the code here”. It should work for you.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

    Sandee recently posted: Wordless Wednesday
    • elzaread

      Hi Sandee!

      Cromulent is a word that just rolls so easily on the tongue. I am sure going to use it a lot this year.

      So glad I discovered your Wordless Wednesday. I will definitely use your linky code next time. This is how we learn..!

      Have a fabulous rest of the week!

    • elzaread

      Hi there Sara! Aril is also a word I have never heard before and it will be a perfect choice for WWW. Thanks for growing my dictionary for me!

      Enjoy your weekend.

  3. mae

    That’s a perfect new word! I wrote about it a while back when I was doing my own version of word finding, which I call Wordy Wednesday:
    https://maefood.blogspot.com/2018/01/cromulent-and-esculent-wordy-wednesday.html

    At that time the word was discussed by Merriam-Webster but not given the status of a “word.”

    Today my word was hikikomori. It was a new word for me this week that appeared in a book I read.

    I hope you’ll have lots of good words in 2022.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    • elzaread

      Hi there Mae!

      How is awesome is it that we both discovered the word cromulent, but 4 years apart.

      I will take a look at your post now, if you want to join Wondrous Words Wednesday, I post biweekly and it’s always fun.

      I also hope for great new words in 2022.

    • elzaread

      Hi there Ellen! I think the idea of a word of the year is brilliant. I think I’ll just stick with Cromulent for this year.

      Elza is the cutest thing ever. So glad she’s mine.

    • elzaread

      Hi there Veronica! That’s the idea of WWW! Finding new words.

      Thanks for stopping by and I am just as glad to meet new bloggers.

    • elzaread

      I love to always discover new words. I also hope that 2022 will be perfectly cromulent year. My holidays and afternoon snoozes end tomorrow. Back to school on Monday!

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. “At least it brought out the warriors in us.” — come to think of it, that’s actually true about 2020. We all seemed more united against the pandemic too; now we are more passive about it (or so it feels). And I hear you on “2020 too”.

    • elzaread

      Hi Lex! I am glad you spot that little sentence. 2020 was rough, but the fight was worth it. 2021 was just such a useless year for me. Maybe one day I’ll look back and see how many lessons I’ve actually learned in 2021.

      Happy New Year my friend!

    • elzaread

      Hi there Cathy! Thank you so much! That is a lovely compliment.

      Yes, we are both very lucky to have each other. Elza is a very naughty little one, but she does bring so much joy.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. I do choose a word of the year, I have for the last few years 🙂 My word this year is “focus.” I feel like with everything going on there are SO many distractions and it gets hard to focus on anything.

    Cindy+Davis recently posted: Fresh Scars
    • elzaread

      Focus is definitely a good word for this year. I think we might all benefit from stopping to stress about everything we cannot fix and FOCUS on the things we can actually do something about.