Bollywood actress Kajol is known for her witty humour and her latest Instagram post might be another example of that. The 46-year-old actress shared a screengrab of a scene from her 1998 movie Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha where she is engrossed in some serious reading. However, it was the caption of her latest post that might intrigue you. Kajol revealed that one of her favourite words ever happens to be “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. She further clarified that the word was not in the particular book she was reading in the photograph. Now, the meaning of this unusually long word might seem to be something very sophisticated. But in reality, the word is a complex way of describing something that is ‘extremely good’, according to Cambridge Dictionary.
However, for those of you who have watched the 1964 American musical fantasy filmMary Poppins, the word will remind you of one of the famous song titled supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Songwriters and brothers Richard and Robert Sherman explained the word as originating similarly like many others, used to make up humorously big, nonsensical words as children.
According to Merriam Webster, the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is said to be simply a word used as "something to say when you have nothing to say," in the classic musical movie Mary Poppins. However, more than its meaning, it is the tongue twisting nature of combined nonsensical syllables that entertained the audiences for decades. That cheerful song inspired people to use it for things that are extraordinarily good or wonderful.
However, before Mary Poppins. another written record of a variant of this word is supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus from an A-muse-ingscolumn by Helen Herman in The Syracuse Daily Orange, a publication of Syracuse University on March 10, 1931, reports Merriam Webster. In her column, Helen writes about her made-up word which she described as including "all words in the category of something wonderful" and "though rather long and tiring before one reaches its conclusion, … once you arrive at the end, you have said in one word what it would ordinarily take four paragraphs to explain,"reports Merriam Webster.