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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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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 Эллен Mar 27 '13 at 13:38
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closed as general reference by Matt Эллен, tchrist, RegDwigнt Mar 27 '13 at 16:54

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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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