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Despite claims this phrase originated on "The Simpsons", it actually existed long before it was used in the show. The phrase is intended to portray the distortion of facts when passed from person to person.

Its use in "The Simpsons" was accurate; Bart starts a rumour by whispering to one person who whispers it to another, etc. By the time the rumour reaches the front of the crowd, the phrase "Purple monkey dishwasher" has been added to the end due to people mishearing the original rumour as it passed from person to person.

Due to the popularity of "The Simpsons", the phrase has since become a commonly used response to opinions stated based on hearsay and unconfirmed rumours.
Person A - "I heard from a friend of a friend that John cheated on Linda with Karen!"

Person B - "Purple monkey dishwasher."
by godofodd August 17, 2005
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Who fucking knows anymore? First, it meant factual, and now it means fictional. What the fuck, internet... what the fuck?
wrong-->"Oh my god, Jessica, your post literally scared me to death" right--> "I literally wrote this post at 3:04 A.M."
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A nonsensical phrase uttered at the end of a 'Telephone-pass it on' gossip game/parody in an episode of The Simpsons.

*In "The PTA Disbands", an episode of The Simpsons, Bart attempts to spread "Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute" throughout the crowd of Springfield Elementary School teachers. By the time it reaches Mrs. Krabappel, it has turned into "Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute, purplemonkeydishwasher."

*Taken from Wikipedia
Skinner says the teachers will crack any minute purplemonkeydishwasher
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A parody of the game 'telephone' used on an episode of The Simpsons. Instead of an original message becoming jumbled by person to person contact, the message is perfectly repeated at the end...but with the addition of the words "purple monkey dishwasher."
Nora's pregnant with Greg's baby after sleeping firt with Tony, John and Barney...but she's telling Tim it's his due to their fling at Thanksgiving....purple monkey dishwasher.
by Jax Bak January 19, 2010
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A nonsense phrase seen widely in an early Simpson's episode. Added at the end of a Chinese whisper, ironically, as there are few if any phrases which can be mistaken for "purple monkey dishwasher". For this reason, it is sometimes used to check if communications are working properly, instead of ie. "testing" "mic check" "test test 1 2 3 check" and/or "syphilis".
"Say purple monkey dishwasher, if you can hear this."
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A dishwasher made by the world famous 'Purple Monkey' brand. Comes with one year garantee.
"That dishwasher is l33t"
"I know, it's Purple Monkey"
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Originating from an episode of the Simpsons (episode 2F19 "The PTA Disbands")
It has taken on a comical nonsensical interjectional use... appropriate as comic relief or as a tension breaker
-'Jeezus!! who the hell ate the last jos louis?'
- 'purple monkey dishwasher?'
by whiskymack July 14, 2004
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