Friday, July 01, 2011


Today at work on of the girls said that as an english teacher one of the other girls should assing the Following assignment: Write a 500 word essay about the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I said oh that sounds like fun, and easy. So here it is:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a very good word that should be one of the first words any child learns. It is the perfect word to say when the conversation or situation call for something more then words to describe what is going on. Or perhaps when the cat has stolen your tongue. With this one word there is suddenly a lot to say. Now we do have to admit that the sound of it is something very strange, and for some reason the louder a person says it the more intelligent they sound. Any time I hear someone use this word I say to myself, 'self there goes a clever chap.'
Most interestingly it seems that this word has changed people's lives. There is a story of one young man who couldn't seem to say much of anything. He way very very afraid to speak and we can understand why, every time he wouldn't speak his father would give his noise a tweak and tell him he was bad. Of course this would make him even more afraid sense he would be punished if he didn't speak. But then he learned a wonderful word to save his acing noise. Supercalifraglisticexialidocious, it is a perfect marvelous word. He traveled everywhere and met dukes and Maharajas. Everyone he met agreed he was a clever gent. Anyone of any level of nobility when they heard him use is special word they would always ask him to come have tea with them. He be came quite famous actually.
Then there is always the man who met a beautiful girl and couldn't find a way to ask her out. Finely he said, “Supercalifraglisticexpialidocious” and then next thing he new this girl became his wife!
So always be careful about using this word. Who knows what may come of it.
But what does it mean? The word is a construct of several other words all smashed together. Super (above), Cali (Beauty), Fragile (delicate), Expiali (to atone), Docious (educable). Which when it is shoved together we get, “Atoning for educability through delicate beauty.” when you hear some one saying I'm pretty and cleaver surly that can make up for my lack of knowing what to say. Or they could also just be saying well that is what Dick Van Dyke say to say when you don't know of anything else to say.
Lastly there is the question of saying it backwards. A celver gent may say “suercalifraglisticexpialidocious.” but a really cleaver chap will say “Dociousaliexpilisticfragilaclirupus” Yes yes this is not spelling the word backwards which would be: suoicodilaipxecitsilgarfilacrepus, but that is spelling it backwards not saying the collection of words mashed together backwards. And okay for kick super is changed to repus but that just makes the speaker seem that much more precious.

So remember when ever you are in a pickle and don't know what do say just come on out with this word and everyone will be amazed.

Um diddlie diddlie diddlie um diddlie ay

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