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    ladybug53, D Wreck

    Now look what you made me do!  I actually had to look that up and I'm purty good with my vocabulary.

    Etymology

    Big + em- -en, prebilabial intensifying verbal circumfix. The occurrence of the verb embiggen in the 1884 publication Notes and Queries: A Medium of Intercommunication for Literary Men, General Readers, Etc and its occurrence in Lisa the Iconoclast, a 1996 episode of The Simpsons, are most probably unrelated, the word having likely been instead coined independently. However, by the same process, later appearances of this word are probably related to the 1996 neologism.

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