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Bart takes on the Bard in our lingua franca

Simpsons News — Posted 16 Oct, 2005 by DisgruntledGoat

Catchphrases from television programmes such as The Simpsons are transforming the way we communicate, according to linguists.

'D'oh!': children pick up words from exposure to television

Phrases, such as Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" are being woven into the English language in the same way that Shakespeare's word creations were in the 17th century.

The Simpsons is especially influential because 40 million people in more than 100 countries watch it - even Tony Blair and Bill Clinton have appeared in it - and the use of expressions from such shows has been dubbed "pop-speak".

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