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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - The Meaning, The Song and Its Choreography

Updated on July 7, 2011

The 1964 movie Mary Poppins (acted by Julie Andrews), with its black-and-white presentation, catches my attention during my growing up stage. The song, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, was left imprinted in my mind and more often than not, I am singing it by heart, humming it or even rapping it while doing nonchalant things to pass the time.

I am living it up to its meaning - something to say when you have nothing to say. Well, talking to myself, talking to my plants being tended at the garden or singing along with the birds...I can do a lot of things with this cutey-cutey song.

In high school, my English teacher, let us spell it during a spelling contest. Our group nailed it! Thanks to my classmate for having a retentive memory with her favorite pastime: reading pocketbooks.

Dissecting this longest word, according to Guinness Book of World Records, we can come up with a different meaning:

  • super = above
  • cali = beauty
  • fragilistic = delicate
  • expiali = to atone
  • docious = educable

A new meaning for these 34-letter word comes out as: Atoning for educability through delicate beauty!

A legal dispute has been filed for this Disney song but to no avail. The Sherman Brothers still has the copyright for it.

Meanwhile, while searching for appropriate downloads from YouTube, I've chosen and remarked on Alex Valve's account. A movie segment with this fun song is included in this hub to refresh your memory.

Let us enjoy it again!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious c/o AlexValve

The classic Disney film evolved into a Broadway musical in New York, USA that until today, the highlight is always the fun song when you have nothing to say---SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!

A video tutorial uploaded by TopBillingInc. at YouTube shows a modern twist on the choreography of the song. A group of stage dancers are taught on how to execute the action on every letter on it. It caters on a more mature audience yet it can be good for the young ones, too.

This will be tedious to busy moms or pops attending on their works but nannies can make a difference to their children. A rerun of the movie will keep them occupied at home.

Anyway. lots of videos will show that the song is a hit in school as stage musical and a lot more.

The simplicity of the tune and the option to add more of your own lyrics will make a natural twist on it. As long as you don't forget to say the longest word...ever!

Can you think of another word that is longer than this one? I'm open to suggestion.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Letters c/o TopBillingInc

Factors of the song that make it a likeable ditty

  1. Super - The word connotes that it will be a super song. No doubt, it is still being embraced by admirers of different age bracket.
  2. Cali - Simplicity is beauty. If you're a song lover, you'll know instantly that it will sure be a hit.
  3. Fragilistic - The delicate feature was preserved from the 60s to the new millennium. It was never an ear worm (song you tire of when heard repetitiously) because it refreshes your mind from the bigotry of the society.
  4. Expiali - To make amends with this kind of song is a way to make you forgiven. A bad joke will be healed in due time. Just don't push it to make it look like an insult.
  5. Docious - We can be educated by this song. It can trigger something hidden in your mind to learn something anew.

Don't mind me if I'm just saying what I want, out of nothing.

Oh, by the way. If you've seen the Earth's atmosphere above, whether you're flying through big balloon or airplane, you can say it's awesome. I think, you can sing a line or two of this song...


(Please repeat, add words of your own, hum it, whistle it, and be happy!!!)

The Clouds Up There (Photo by Travel Man)
The Clouds Up There (Photo by Travel Man)

Here's another video uploaded by Selena Abigail Banks in her YouTube channel showing the original cast of Mary Poppins - Original Broadway Cast during the Macy's Parade in New York last year (September 2010).

This goes to show that the evolution of this song is on-going. The appeal never fades. I am sure that it will be handed from generation to generation.

"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Live at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade c/o SelenaAbigailBanks


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    • tlmcgaa70 profile image

      tlmcgaa70 6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      great hub, thank you...i was always taught the longest word in the dictionary was smiles because there is a mile between each "s"

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @DeniseHandlon: Thanks, Miss D! It's still good to see classic movies, like Mary Poppins. It reminds me of those old, golden days. :D

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Robin: Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. My mother used to do it when I'm sick and can't gulp in medicine during my childhood. The movie literally grows with me, LOL! Thanks for reminding me of it, too!

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Eiddwen: You're welcome. The movie is one of the all-time best for me. And the song! Well, I can't get enough of it, whenever I with my nephews and nieces. They're miming and imitating it, too!

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @WayneDave: Thanks, Wayne! The idea just clicked when I've seen the files of my old movies here at home.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @mib56789: Thanks Ms. Treathyl. I loved the original movie with Julie Andrews at the helm.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: You've noticed, huh! can't still get away with my 'child' in me, LOL! You can sing it when you have nothing to say. It will make you relaxed. :D

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesailor: You're awesome, too! Thanks for singing it while perusing this hub, LOL!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting info, TravelMan. I loved the movie and the song and dance-thanks for the memories!

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      Robin Edmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I had never seen the breakdown of the words before, very interesting. This is one of my favorite movies and our daughters love it, too. We sing, "Just a Spoonful of Sugar" when we are cleaning their rooms. ;)

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting, and useful/up for this one. Thanks for sharing.

      Take care


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      WayneDave 6 years ago from Leeds, England

      Nice post!

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      mib56789 6 years ago

      Love me some Mary Poppins!

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      earthbound1974 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I feel like singing it in my mind. Whew! Thanks for sharing the 'child' in you, travel man, LOL!

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      thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

      Awesome! I still cannot spell it correctly. (Kidding, LOL!!!) :D