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I have heard about the word countless times. However, when I looked up the dictionary, I could not find it. So I would like to ask if the word even exists at all. If so, what does the word actually mean and why was it invented?

This word really piqued my curiosity I could not resist asking.

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closed as general reference by Matt E. Эллен, tchrist, RegDwigнt Mar 27 '13 at 16:54

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

The word has its own Wikipedia entry –  St John of the Cross Mar 27 '13 at 12:30
Hey guys I am terribly sorry for putting up such a seemingly useless question. However, I do not trust wikipedia completely and wanted to refer to you guys for the best answers I hope you understand how I feel so please do not vote down my question. I have already flagged it and request that it be deleted. Please reconsider your down vote –  David Toh Mar 27 '13 at 13:16
It's got an entry at oxford dictionaries online –  Matt E. Эллен Mar 27 '13 at 13:38

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It's a nonsense word made famous from a song of the same name in the 1964 Mary Poppins film.

It has an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary:

A nonsense word, originally used esp. by children, and typically expressing excited approbation: fantastic, fabulous.

The first mention before the film is the title of another song, Supercalafajalistickespialadojus, written by G. Parker & B. Young in 1949. Parker and Young attempted to sue the film-makers for copyright infringement, but, according to Wikipedia:

The Disney publishers won the lawsuit partially because affidavits were produced showing that "variants of the word were known ... many years prior to 1949".

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Does it have any meaning at all? –  David Toh Mar 27 '13 at 12:31
Ignore my earlier comment. According to a wikipedia article, the word means:"Something to say when there is nothing to say" –  David Toh Mar 27 '13 at 12:32
@David Toh, it's primary usage is to make yourself sound precocious (if you say it loud enough) –  Octopus Mar 27 '13 at 15:59

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