It's official, The Simpsons have created a word that has now been recognised as legitimate by the folks at Merriam-Webster.

No it's not boourns unfortunately or saxamaphone, it is in fact "embiggens" - a word first used in The Simpsons back in 1996 in the episode called "Lisa the Iconoclast".

It sees the children of Springfield watching a video telling the story of the town's founder, Jebediah Springfield, in which he says the immortal words: "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man."

Following it, teacher Edna Krabappel says: "Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield."

To which teacher Miss Hoover replies: "I don't know why, it's a perfectly cromulent word."

Unfortunately, "cromulent" has yet to make it in but the definition of "embiggens" is listed as: "to make bigger or more expansive".

It doesn't actually mention The Simpsons, but it does say the word was first used in 1996.

We're rooting for Jebus as the next one they approve.