Everyone knows it, everyone loves it! When we are little, we try to spell it and try to say it all the same. We know what it means, but it is it really a word? Supercalifragilisticexpialidotious!
like any mystery, it needed to be solved – is this whimsical cluster of letters a real, legal word? I did some research. Would it appear in any real dictionaries? Would anyone respect the nature of the sound? Well, it did in some. I found that the more ‘serious’ the site, the less likely it was to have Mary Poppins’ magical claim to fame. But another real question stands – what do you consider a legit dictionary website? What about Dictonary.com? On the Technical side of things, the site is an official Dictonary resource, and many teachers let their students use the source on a regular basis. They have an app, and it IS one of the most popular and highly used dictonary sites in the Nation.
Let’s say it does count. Just for argument’s sake. Justification would mean so much more than having been just a simple legality. It would mean that an entire childhood would be legibly absolved. It would confirm that Mary Poppins and her journey weren’t for nothing. Now, I may be exaggerating, but who wouldn’t savor this event and make the news of rationalization the biggest it could be? This word, if any, deserves a grand, respectful praise.
According to Dictonary.com,
SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOTIOUS (soo-per-kal-uh-fraj-uh-lis-tik-ek-spee-al-I-doh-shuh s)
—adjective (Used as a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English)