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Nov 22, 2008

Bart, Lisa, James

Lasertable200 I know you already know, but I have certain reasons for mentioning here that the Associated Press recently reported the addition of "meh" to the Collins English Dictionary:

Publisher HarperCollins announced Monday the word had been chosen from terms suggested by the public for inclusion in the dictionary's 30th anniversary edition, to be published next year.

The origins of "meh" are murky, but the term grew in popularity after being used in a 2001 episode of "The Simpsons" in which Homer suggests a day trip to his children Bart and Lisa.

"They both just reply 'meh' and keep watching TV," said Cormac McKeown, head of content at Collins Dictionaries.

The dictionary defines "meh" as an expression of indifference or boredom, or an adjective meaning mediocre or boring. Examples given by the dictionary include "the Canadian election was so meh."

Now that we've recorded that news, I'd like you to ask me, "Hey Phil, what did you think of Quantum of Solace?"

You:  Hey Phil, what did you think of Quantum of Solace?
Me:   Meh.

For more intentional Simpsons/Bond connections, check out the Simpsons-Bond References Wiki or this other collection that's maybe even better.

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I love the word "meh" and I use it all the time. It sort of describes much of my life ...

Posted by: lisa b | Nov 22, 2008 10:18:31 AM

The important question is, when will meh be added to the official Scrabble dictionary?

Posted by: Toastie | Nov 22, 2008 2:11:02 PM

Georg and I used to have a ritual when watching Iron Chef: when they announce Morimoto we say, "yay!" For Bobby Flay we say, "boo!" Then for Mario Batali we say, "yay!" not as loud. Finally for Cat Cora we say, "meh!"

Posted by: Sarah | Dec 9, 2008 9:02:38 PM