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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (pronounced /ˌsuːpɚˌkælɪˌfrædʒəlˌɪstɪkˌɛkspiːˌælɪˈdoʊʃəs/) is an English word in the song with the same title in the musical film Mary Poppins. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, and sung by Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the 2004 stage musical, see Mary Poppins (musical). ... Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman at the London Palladium in 2002 during the premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Stage Musical. ... Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, presenter and entertainer, with a career spanning 5 decades. ...


Since Mary Poppins was a period piece set in 1910, period sounding songs were wanted. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sounds like popular folk songs "Boiled Beef and Carrots" and "Any Old Iron".[1] This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Origin

In the West End and Broadway musical, everyone runs out of conversations, and Mary and the children go to Mrs. Corry's shop, where you can buy them. Jane and Michael pick out some letters and spell a few words. Bert and Mrs. Corry use the letters to make some words (whose existence Jane doubts). Mary says that you could use some letters more than one time and creates the longest word of all in this song.[citations needed] For the 1964 Academy Award winning motion picture, see Mary Poppins (film). ...


Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is defined as a nonsense word that is used to describe the longest word.[2]


The critics' belief that the word itself has obscure origins has created some debate about when it was first used historically. According to Richard M. Sherman, co-writer of the song with his brother, Robert, the word was created by them in two weeks, mostly out of double-talk.[3] Double Talk was an American game show seen on the ABC network in 1986. ...


Roots of the word have been defined[4] as follows: super- "above," cali- "beauty," fragilistic- "delicate," expeali- "to atone," and docious- "educable," with the sum of these parts signifying roughly "Atoning for educatability through delicate beauty." This explication of its connotations suits the fictional nature of Mary Poppins, in that she presents herself as both superlatively beautiful and also supremely intelligent and capable of great achievements.[citations needed] However, it should be noted that although the word contains recognizable English morphemes, it does not follow the rules of English morphology as a whole. The morpheme -istic is a suffix in English, whereas the morpheme ex- is typically a prefix; so following normal English morphological rules, it would represent two words: supercalifragilistic and expialidocious. In Linguistics, a morpheme is the smallest meaningful unit in a given language. ... For other uses, see Morphology. ...


Backwards

According to the film version of the song, "you can say it backwards, which is docious-ali-expi-listic-fragi-cali-repus". Julie Andrews, the star of Mary Poppins, has said that her husband at the time, Tony Walton, devised this backwards version of the word.[citations needed] In that word, the main syllables are reversed, rather than the order of each letter, with the exception of the end part 'repus', which is 'super' spelled backwards. In contrast, the musical play's version of the song presents a version of the word with all the letters reversed (suoicodilaipxecitsiligarfilacrepus).prounounced as sue-codiliap-exit-silly-garf-illa-creapus.[citations needed] In addition, they spelled and sang each letter of the famous tongue twister, similar to "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music. Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... Tony Walton (born Anthony John Walton, 24 October 1934) is an English Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning set and costume designer. ... For the computer operating system, see Syllable (operating system). ... A tongue-twister is a phrase in any language that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly. ... Do Re Mi is a theater musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Garson Kanin. ... For other uses, see The Sound of Music (disambiguation). ...


Legal action

In 1965, the song was the subject of an unsuccessful lawsuit by songwriters Patricia Smith and Don Fenton against the makers of the Walt Disney film.[5] The plaintiffs alleged that it was a copyright infringement of a 1951 song of their own called Supercalafajalistickespeealadojus (The Super Song), recorded by Alan Holmes and his New Tones and released as Columbia CO 42665.[6] Disney won the lawsuit because affidavits were produced showing that "variants of the word were known (...) many years prior to 1949," and because no copyright was registered in Washington D.C. Civil action redirects here. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The Cathach of St. ...


In Popular Culture

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See also

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References

  1. ^ The Making of Mary Poppins, 2004
  2. ^ supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Definitions from Dictionary.com
  3. ^ LAist Interview: Richard M. Sherman, November 2, 2007
  4. ^ by Richard Lederer in his book Crazy English
  5. ^ "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" origins, The Straight Dope
  6. ^ Columbia CO 42665
  • Sherman, Robert B. Walt's Time: from before to beyond. Santa Clarita: Camphor Tree Publishers

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External links

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Straight Dope Staff Report: Is "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" a real word referring to Irish hookers? (913 words)
The one I believe is bullshit is that the Mary-Poppins-coined word "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is really a term regarding Irish whores.
Sadly, the exact origin of the word "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" may never be pinned down, so this will be, for the time being at least, an incomplete report.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, the word supposedly coined by Mary Poppins to make kids sound “precocious,” was actually invented by turn-of-the-century Scottish coal miners.
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