Saturday, April 21, 2018

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: A SUPER Word

Hello and welcome to the A to Z April  Blogging Challenge on the Focused on Story Blog. This post is probably my most favorite one of all the posts for this challenge using the alphabet as prompts.

S is for Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I can hardly say it/spell it without singing the word. Are you familiar with this nonsense word? Read on to find out more!


~supercalifragilisticexpialidocious~
A fictitious word introduced in the Disney movie, Mary Poppins. Thought to be a nonsense word, but it contains elements of real Greek and Latin roots,

super: above, over, extreme
cali: beauty
fragilistic: delicate
expiali: to atone, to make amends
docious: educable, able to learn
Urban Dictionary

Talk about breaking down a word to spell it and pronounce it in Orthography. This is an amazing word during an amazing time in my life. In my first year as a third grade teacher, the songs from Disney’s movie Mary Poppins were included in the 3rd grade music book. The kids loved, loved, loved singing this word (and of course, I challenged them to learn how to spell it, just for fun. (Probably a “bonus” word on a spelling test.) Joy seemed to take over the classroom the minute I began the introduction on the piano. I mean who can say, and especially sing, this word without grinning?

Now sit back and sing-along with this video from Youtube with Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke and friends singing.
 Mary Poppins (1964)  

YouTube Video--Disney's "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" - Video and Lyrics



Have you ever heard of this word? Have you seen Mary Poppins or read the book? A new version of the movie will be coming out December 25, 2018. I can’t wait to see it! How about you? Please leave a comment below to let me know. Thanks.

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4 comments:

JEN Garrett said...

Or you can say it backwards, which is dociousaliexpisticfragicalirupus, but that's going a bit too far, don't you think?

I love this nonsense word, even more when I found out the story to getting it backwards. The song writers wanted to do it backwards, but it was hard enough to say forward! Finally, someone (I think Julie Andrews) suggested that you say each syllable in reverse order instead of trying to say each sound backwards. And the backwards way to say it was invented!

Juneta Key said...

I love that word. One of my favorite movies too.

J Q Rose said...

Hi JEN, Thanks for the info on backwards AND spelling it out for us backwards! whew--I tried to say it outloud and I like the rupus ending sound. I'll have to practice this!

J Q Rose said...

Thanks, Juneta. Mine too.