10 More Ways to Embiggen Your Simpsons Vocabulary

10 More Ways to Embiggen Your Simpsons Vocabulary

What? It’s a perfectly cromulent word.

#7: “Like something out of Dickens or Melrose Place.”

From episode 3F06: Mother Simpson

Context: Used by Lisa to describe Homer’s discovery of his long lost mother

Used to describe: Something that seems impossibly dramatic

Example: “Morgan Freeman is trying to marry his daughter’s adopted child?!  That’s like something out of Dickens or Melrose Place!”

Chosen because: The vortex that forms where high (Dickens) and low (Melrose Place) culture meet is where OverthinkingIt.com’s server is located.

Something out of the Simpsons or Melrose Place.

#6: “Chock full of heady goodness!”

From episode 1F01: Rosebud

Context: When Bart finds the head of Mr. Burns’s beloved stuffed bear in a bag of ice, Apu congratulates Bart for finding a “headbag” and then says this line.

To be used when: You see something with an interesting head on it.  You can also replace “heady” with another adjective.  For instance, if someone criticized your apartment for having cockroaches in it, you could say they’re “chock full of roachy goodness.”

Example: The next time you see a movie that has a severed head (or head-on-a-pike) in it, say this line to your friends for comedic effect.  For best results, shout in the middle of a crowded movie theatre during a weighty historical flick about the French Revolution or the Holocaust.

Chosen because: The line is funny enough on its own but becomes several magnitudes funnier when said in a moderately racist Indian accent.

#5: “Why must you turn my office into a house of lies?!”

From episode 9F15: Last Exit to Springfield

Context: Said after a young patient lies to the dentist about brushing.

To be used when: Someone tells a lie.  Feel free to replace “office” with other words and phrases, including “comment section,” “Gossip Girl viewing party,” or “vagina.”

Example: “Of course I don’t know all the words to the ‘Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?’ song.  I’m not a nerd.”  “Oh, why must you turn this overpriced tapas restaurant into a house of lies?!”

Chosen because: In this fan favorite episode, this is one of the only lines that HASN’T become a meme.  Also: Dennal plan!  Lisa needs braces!  Dennal plan…

#4: “Condition upgraded to ‘alive.’”

From episode 2F20: Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part Two

Context: Mr. Burns is declared dead until he is brought to a better hospital, where his status is changed.

To be used when: The Internet (or “respectable news outlet”) mistakenly reports a celebrity’s death.

Example: “TMZ declared Michael Jackson dead, until more respectable news outlets upgraded his condition to ‘alive.’  Five minutes later his condition was downgraded back to ‘dead.’”

To be used: The next time someone mistakenly tells you that Gary Busey choked to death on his own crazy.

26 Comments on “10 More Ways to Embiggen Your Simpsons Vocabulary”

  1. Marc #

    Personally my favorite that I use a lot is:
    ‘A little from column A, a little from column B.’ (Someone will have to remind me of when Homer says this)

    I used this only last week in reponse to wifes question:
    ‘Are you drunk or just really tired?’
    …or it might hav been…
    ‘Are you drunk or just messing with my head?’



  2. Shawn Pitre #

    I know it’s hard to integrate into everyday speech, however, this is by far one of my favorite quotes, for the sheer humor of it, and the image of Homer as he says it.

    From Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment (around where they ran out of beer);
    “…How ’bout some turpentine, or some caulk, delicious caulk.”

    It always brings a smile to my face, makes me titter just like when I hear titmouse…


  3. Ale #

    Ha I use “a little from column A, a little from column B” too. I believe it was said by Abe Simpson though.

    I’m also fond of “the ironing is delicious”.


  4. RiderIon #

    I always thought Bart said “a little from column A, a little from column B.” I’m too lazy to go look it up though.

    I have to say that I do use “chock full of ___-y goodness” and when I’m being overdramatic I use a variation of “you turned/are turning X into a house of lifes!”

    I also have a friend that uses “Good ol’ Rock. Nothing beats Rock!”

    I would also say that Family Guy, at least in my circle of friends, is starting to populate its own set of vocabulary, taking The Simpsons spot since it’s drop in quality.


  5. hazbaz #

    I love to reel off this brilliant speech from “Lisa’s Rival” when I am about to engage in something foolhardy

    “I can’t live the buttoned-down life like you, Marge. I want it all! The terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles! Sure, I might offend a few of the blue noses with my cocky stride and musky odors- Oh I’ll never be the darling of the so-called “City Fathers” who cluck their tounges, stroke their beards, and talk about “What’s to be done with this Homer Simpson?”


  6. Turin Hurinson #

    “A little from column A, a little from column B” is, I believe, said by Abe in the episode where Homer’s mother first comes back and the FBI comes into the house to arrest her – immediately before, he’s been saying: “OK, I admit it! I am the Lindbergh baby! Wah wah! Goo goo! I want my fly-fly da-da!”

    One of my most-often used quotations would be from “Flaming Moe’s”: “Oh, look at me! I’m making people happy! I’m the Magical Man from Happy-Land, in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane! Oh, by the way, I was being sarcastic.”


  7. Marty #

    The column A, column B was used by Grandpa Simpson in the episode Mother Simpson (referenced in the article) when he was trying to stall the Dragnet parody detectives.

    One of my favorite quotes:
    Homer: ‘[E]very time I learn something new it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?’
    Marge: ‘That’s because you were drunk!’
    Homer: ‘And how.’

    That last line I use a lot. Also good:

    “Because they’re stupid, that’s why. That’s why everybody does everything.”

    “Look Marge, you don’t know what it’s like — I’m the one out there every day putting his ass on the line. And I’m not out of order! You’re out of order! The whole freakin’ system is out of order! You want the truth? You want the truth?! You can’t HANDLE the truth! ‘Cause when you reach over and put your hand into a pile of goo that was your best friend’s face, you’ll know what to do! Forget it, Marge, it’s Chinatown!”


  8. Tim #

    I like using “purple monkey dishwasher” for any place where I want to put a nonsense phrase. It comes from the episode “The PTA Disbands.” Bart whispers at the protest, “Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute.” By the time it has reached Mrs. Krebapple, it is, “Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute purple monkey dishwasher.” She replies, “Well! We’ll show him, especially for that “purple monkey dishwasher” remark.”

    When I am drunk, I also try to use the phrase, “That’s no way to talk to Sir Drinks-a-Lot!” (Of course, I don’t always remember, because I am drunk.) It comes from “Make Room For Lisa,” where Homer comes home drunk from winning a drinking contest sponsored by KBBL. Later in the episode, there is another great quote from Homer, when he is whining about agreeing to spend one Saturday a month with the kids. Bart says, “Oh quit your complaining, it’s only half the work of a divorced dad,” and Homer answers, “But it’s twice the work of a deadbeat dad.”


  9. stokes OTI Staff #

    “What’s a Muppet? Well, it’s not quite a mop, not quite a puppet, but man… [laughs, then pauses] So, to answer you question, I don’t know.” But that’s a little hard to work into conversation.

    I also like to use “The rat stands for Obviousness!” and “It was symbolism! He was mad!” when I’m watching slightly pretentious movies, although I usually just say them to myself, and I usually misquote the second one as “It was symbolism! He was really, really angry!”


  10. DaveW #

    “Good ol’ rock” is a longstanding favorite among my group of friends.

    Also much beloved: “Or what? You’ll release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouths and when they bark they shoot bees at you?”


  11. perich OTI Staff #

    A standby among my friends to express reluctance at a new plan is: “I dunno … fish sandwich …”


  12. Tom #

    Whenever a toast is in order, I like to propose (from the episode where Springfield imposes Prohibition) Homer’s: “To alcohol! The cause of — and solution to — all of life’s problems.”


  13. DaveW #

    “The frogurt is also cursed.”

    Has there ever been a more eminently quotable show in the history of ever? I submit to you there has not. Though The Critic might have come close had it had a longer run…


  14. Mike #

    I also use “____: the cause of and solution to all life’s problems”. particularly at work when someone is proposing some harebrained new scheme.

    Also, it is fun to try and work in some variation on Ralph’s “Principal Skinner and my teacher were in the closet making babies and i saw the baby and it winked at me!”. substitute something else for baby and see how many different times you can repeat the word before wrapping up with “and it winked at me”


  15. lee OTI Staff #

    A favorite among my friends is one of Ralph Wiggum’s laments:

    “Me fail English? That’s unpossible!”

    To me, that’s always been the perfect expression of disappointment at learning the consequences of your own ineptitude, yet still lacking the self awareness to know that it was your ineptitude that caused your failure.

    In other words, Ralph Wiggum speaks for the Bush administration.


  16. schmoid #

    I’m also a big fan of Ralph Wiggum-isms, in particular, “I broke my Wookie.”

    Context: From the episode where Lisa is competing in the diorama which Ralph wins with his Star Wars action figures in their original packaging.

    Use: Anytime something minor upsets your day/life, especially if it is your fault.

    Example: You snag your headphones and the cord breaks. Pout and say, “I broke my wookie”.


  17. stabbim #

    Here are four that I use on a regular basis:

    1) “Your views are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.”

    Context: Homer to Bart, after latter’s negative comments on teamwork, sharing, and tolerance.

    Usage: Response to a vitriolic rant, often facetious. (S’pose the OTI staff could get some serious mileage out of this one, if they haven’t already.)

    2) “I heartily endorse this event or product.”

    Context: Krusty The Clown, boilerplate video endorsement, clearly a cold-read.

    Usage: Similar to #1

    3) “No food, no shelter, no monkey butlers…”

    Context: Bart, griping that life on a deserted island is not living up to his fantasy.

    Usage: Any listing of complaints and disappointments surely must include “no monkey butlers” for maximum impact.

    4) “I’m losing my perspicacity!”

    Context: Lisa, panicked upon realizing that she can only think of two synonym’s to a verb.

    Usage: I find that it works for any mental lapse, linguistic or otherwise.

    ..and I’m sure there are dozens more.


  18. Genevieve #

    Wait, did you call Dickens “high culture?”

    Anyway, I’m a big fan of Ralph-isms in general, and use the old standby “that’s where I’m a viking!” with some regularity. I also often find ways to work references to Jeebus into conversation. I’m sure there are others that aren’t coming to me just now.


  19. Lola Carmen Listerine #

    My bf is notorious for saying, “You are what the French call a Dorkus Malorkus.” I of course can’t resist responding with, “That’s not even French!”


  20. Turin Hurinson #

    Also, from Treehouse of Horror VI, section “Homer^3”:
    (while looking at a pond full of fish):
    “Mmmm… unprocessed fish sticks…”


  21. Gab #

    I don’t even watch _The Simpsons_ and have used the “Good ol’ rock” one before.


  22. Hobbes64 #

    Wow there are thousands I quote all the time but here are some I can remember:

    1) “I call the big one bitey”. From the Monorail episode. My son and I use this all the time but sometimes change it to a much stupider but almost as funny form of “I call the _x_ one _x_’ie”. For example: “I call the small one smallie”.

    2) One I use on my son A LOT is : “..remember the advice my dad gave me on my wedding day: ‘Son, if you ever travel back in time, make sure you don’t step on anything because even the tiniest change can alter the future…'”. This is from Treehouse of Horror V. This is good to tell someone whenever they need advice about something complicated.

    3) When looking at the ceiling – “Mmmmmm…. Sacrilicous”. From the one where Homer got religion and was praying to a waffle that was stuck on the ceiling

    4) “Someone check the men’s room for a Hugh Jass”. This is from a crank call Bart did in one of the 1st few seasons. This fake name is good to use in data entry or contest forms.

    5) “No, they wanted somebody good!”. Homer said this to Marge in an early episode when she asked if he had gotten a job. You should sadly say this whenever somebody asks you if you were picked for something.

    6) “Yeah, that sounds like something you would say”. This is the answer Bart gave Homer when asked “Didn’t I tell you to watch Maggie”. There is no end to situations when this quote is good to use after somebody asked you whether they told you to do something.


  23. Hobbes64 #

    Wait lol I thought of some more that we quote sometimes. It takes 2 people to do these. You can pick your own situations where they should be used:

    Ralph : “My button tastes funny”. Focus group guy: “Please refrain from eating the buttons.

    The guy that makes Itchy and Scratcy Cartoons to Bart and Lisa: “You just saved Itchy & Scratchy!”. Lawyer (in fast low voice): “Please sign here indicating that you did not save Itchy & Scratchy”


    • perich OTI Staff #

      “The Canine Mutiny” (where Bart gets Laddie through a mail-order catalog): When the credit card rep harasses Bart, asking him to consider his “dreams of home ownership, boat ownership and event attendance!”


  24. Shawn Pitre #

    I remember going to a club with a dear friend of mine a few years ago, and we had both got these shots that were in glow-in-the-dark shot glasses. I took mine first, and as he was taking his, I said over the music “It tastes like Burning”.

    Needless to say, the shot nearly made it out my friends nose.

    Ah Ralph, I choo-choo-choose you as having some of the most precious repeatable lines.

    ps – Good old Rock was constantly brought up in my former social circle…darn Camarilla…..


  25. Leon Potamianakis #

    To anyone that you disagree with
    “You must be some kind of crazy person!” Abe Simpson

    To vegetarians
    “Don’t kid yourself. If a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you care about!” Troy McClure

    When talking about computers/internet
    “They have Internet on computers now?” Homer

    When someone stuffs something up
    “You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is: never try.” Homer

    When talking abou going somewhere you don’t want to go
    “I don’t like being outdoors. For one thing, there’s too many fat children.” Mr. Burns

    Another outdoorsy one
    “Aaah! Natural light! Get it off me! Get it off me! ” Barney

    When caught out in a lie
    “It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.” Homer

    If you bump your head
    “I hope I didn’t brain my damage. ” Homer

    When you’re do something you’re proud of
    “I am so smart. I am so smart. S-M-R-T. I mean S-M-A-R-T.” Homer

    Talking about sport/playing sport, etc.
    “When you participate in sporting events, it’s not whether you win or lose. It’s how drunk you get.” Homer

    When someone won’t shut up
    “Who the hell are you? The narrator?” Homer

    When you back a losing team/horse
    “Go banana!” Ralph


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