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Is this word originally from the simpsons?

Wouldn't think so. It's used quite frequently as an interjection in Chinese. 74.65.163.48 01:12, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
The context of "Is this word originally from the simpsons?" would be the English word "meh". 142.163.147.190 03:04, 1 January 2014 (UTC)
Pretty much everyone in our local area [devon, UK] uses this, as well as bleh... most people didn't realize either word was in the simpsons. That's about 110 people I can count from my MSN that I've talked to, with a local cafe of about 300 people, as well as about 10 people I know from manchester... of those people, the ones I've had an indepth conversation with [in Devon, in real life] - about six people, say that they know more people that use this word, and not all the same people... so it's spreading. 66.96.216.181 00:53, 23 July 2006 (UTC)
Slate has an article about the word "meh", including information from a Simpsons writer and an entry in a Yiddish dictionary with a close meaning:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2013/09/06/meh_etymology_tracing_the_yiddish_word_from_leo_rosten_to_auden_to_the_simpsons.html
142.163.147.190 03:10, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

This word seems to be common internet chatroom slang and is very heavily used by furries.

Even if it was Simpsons in origin, it's way older than the reference cited (whichever episode it was that referred to Bart and Lisa being "the MTV Generation; we feel neither highs nor lows." "What's it like?" "Meh."). 195.72.115.202 12:05, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

The word used in "Homer's Triple Bypass" was "ehhh" not "meh". "Meh" was first used in Lisa's Wedding.

i just got done watching the first 2 discs of season six (c. 1994), and one of the episodes used "meh". i forgot which! guess i should go back and watch them again and pay more attention... 64.105.215.242 04:57, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

why is this locked? 'ambivalent' is a commonly misused word and it is misused in this article. 'meh' is a expression of 'apathy', not 'ambivalence'. ambivalence means to be of two minds about something and doesn't imply anything about the strength of those feelings. eg. feelings of both love and hate for someone--that's 'ambivalence', not 'apathy' and certainly not 'meh'. anyhow, someone should fix this. —This unsigned comment was added by 206.248.135.206 (talk).

Fair point, I've replaced it with apathetic. Widsith 18:43, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

Used in a mainstream publication at http://www.slate.com/id/2156022/. Translated to Japanese is 微妙 bimyô.

微妙 (bimyō) just means subtlety, nicety. It’s only a vague explanation of meh, not a translation. —Stephen 04:13, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Why is there a link to "bellows" at the bottom of the article? As far as I can see, it has nothing to do with "meh".

Apparently, the Slovene language has a word, meh, which translates into English as bellows. Jonathan Webley 12:57, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Not comparable?Edit

Though use of 'meh' as an adjective is tenuous anyway, something can conceivably be more or less meh' than something else, and something could make someone feel the 'most meh' they've ever been.--149.135.12.24 05:29, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

"More-meh-than" gets an acceptable number or hits on Google Groups, though only one valid one from the other acceptable on-line sources. DCDuring TALK 17:05, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Meh is also used to express annoyance or anger. For example, if someone asks you to do something you don't want to do, the response would be "meh." —This unsigned comment was added by 24.154.0.21 (talk) at 13:45, 17 November 2008.

I was the girl who originally brought "meh" to the USA. It's true. -Shelby Twichell from Dallas, TX

That's the "interjection". DCDuring TALK 17:05, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
All of the gb hits for "more meh" are scannos... --Yair rand (talk) 20:23, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

I also would classify this word as an interjection and not an adjective. I would also say that its meaning is an expression of either indifference or ambivalence. It wouldn't seem to matter to me; the overall underpinning is neutrality or centeredness, that it doesn't matter to the speaker or writer, like the phrase "six of one, half dozen of the other," or a feeling of "blah." Rchandra 17:27, 2 June 2011 (UTC)

SinglishEdit

This "word" has a use in Singlish as well.

Spanish entryEdit

Would anyone object if I moved the Spanish entry to MEH? Cdhaptomos 01:36, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Feel free. Add {{also|MEH}} at the top of the meh page, and {{also|meh}} at the top of the MEH page. —Stephen 23:39, 7 June 2009 (UTC)
Done. Cdhaptomos 16:20, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Best definition I've seen for 'meh' is: An interjection used to imply indifference towards a subject; "a verbal shrug". Usu. pronounced shortly, without eye contact or body movement. —This comment was unsigned.

Ender's GameEdit

I assumed that this term filtered from Ender's Game, where it is portrayed as children's slang in the future. Cool Hand Luke 20:32, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

For those not familiar with it, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is a fairly consequential novel within science fiction. It won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. Varlaam 21:00, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

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"Used to express a mild disagreement where the person does not have either the solid foundation to actually argue a point, or does not feel the argument is worth pursuing any further." The second part ("does not feel...worth pursuing") is sense 1, i.e. apathy or boredom; the first part ("mild disagreement") I doubt. Citations? Equinox 22:42, 17 April 2010 (UTC)

I think it's either redundant to the first definition, or just totally wrong Mglovesfun 23:10, 17 April 2010 (UTC)
I've heard it used basically like that. Synonyms include piffle and details, details. Dunno how one would set about citing it. —RuakhTALK 04:12, 18 April 2010 (UTC)
Well meh is really just a generic little onomatopoeia, right? I suspect there aren't two distinct definitions for this. Mglovesfun (talk) 09:02, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

RFV failed, sense removed. —RuakhTALK 01:12, 11 August 2010 (UTC)