My mind, my thoughts, my words


I had this conversation with someone about something and at some point this ‘word’ came up and I remembered, having looked it up some time ago, that it meant something but I couldn’t remember what. So, if you have ever wondered or are wondering now what “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” means:

  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocioussuper- “above”
  • cali- “beauty”
  • fragilistic- “delicate”
  • expiali- “to atone”
  • docious- “educable”

= atoning for educability through delicate beauty (or simply: “fantastic“, “wonderful” – a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English)


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This entry was posted on 05/05/2011 by in Academia, Linguistic Musings and tagged , , .
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