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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 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
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    @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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