I've seen the word "burninate" used around the internet a bit, most recently in this MetaSO answer. The basic meaning of it seems fairly clear, but where did this come from? An online dictionary searched yielded no results, as did etymonline. A wikipedia search redirected to an article, but searching the document only found the word where it indicated the search had redirected to that page, and no other mentions of it in the article.

Can someone please explain where this word came from?

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    Something that someone with cystitis does? Oct 5, 2011 at 20:12
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    How might Ceiling Cat use this word? "Can I haz my cheezeburger burninated, pleeze?" ;-D Oct 5, 2011 at 20:38
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    It's what you must do to the countryside, peasants, and thatch-roofed cottages. Isn't it obvious? :)
    – Chris
    Oct 5, 2011 at 21:06

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It came from the classic Homestar Runner cartoon in an episode where Strong Bad creates a character called Trogdor the Burninator.

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    Turns out there's also a transcript of this episode.
    – aedia λ
    Oct 5, 2011 at 21:05
  • Consummate V's!
    – ghoppe
    Oct 17, 2011 at 20:16
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    It would be great if you could incorporate the meaning it has especially within the stackexchange network. After all the question asks for origin and meaning. ;)
    – Helmar
    Sep 3, 2016 at 21:32

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