Muppet fans: Just something that’s been bugging me through the years. In the original Muppet Movie, when Kermit and Fozzie meet Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Dr. Teeth says something like “this is problem upon which we shall probosculate upon”. Is the word “probosculate” used just to sound impressive (when it is not a word according to m-w.com), or is he supposed to be confusing some other word?
FYI: Googling around, I found a list of Muppet quotes where the word in question was spelled as such, but in quotes…as if to be a pun or an intentional misspelling. But, what word was meant to fit here?
Maybe it’s a mix of words - like speculate and proboscis (given Dr Teeth’s nose)?
I’d say it’s a portmanteau word (I hate to give wikipedia links, but: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau ) … combination of probe and speculate, with a hint of nosiness (probiscus).
That, and/or a malapropism for “prognosticate”?
I don’t know why you’re having problems, it’s a perfectly cromulent word.
Using cromulent words embiggens us all.
I would say it’s a garbling of “expostulate,” perhaps by way of “prognosticate.”
I find this thread topic to be scrumtrulescent.
Could also be “probe” (or “proboscis”) and “osculate”, the latter meaning “kiss”.
Dr. Teeth is an old style hipster. He uses jivey lingo like what Cab Calloway did in the '30s. He probably just said it because it sounded good.
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