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Flashback to Nancy Cartwright: ‘Eat My Shorts’ Was Totally Mine!

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a hot catchphrase can be measured in bucks—big bucks, as Nancy Cartwright pointed out to us.

Interviewed last month on Passions, the actress best known as the voice of Bart Simpson recalled how her character acquired his wildy popular retort, “Eat my shorts!”

Nancy with her alter-ego: Puerile gold.

Nancy with her alter-ego: Puerile gold.

“That was totally mine!” Nancy told host Beverly Malone—a classmate of hers at Ohio University.

“That came from high school. I was in the marching band. And we used to say, ‘Dun-dun-da-DUN-dun
—Fairmont West! Dun-dun-da-DUN-dun—Fairmont West!’

“But my senior year it changed to ‘Dun-dun-da-DUN-dun—Eat my shorts!’

“That was the drum cadence and we would march down to the stadium saying, ‘Eat my shorts! Eat my shorts!’

“And when I got The Simpsons, I was reading one of the scripts and I went ‘Eat my shorts!’ and it ended Continue reading