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Dec 30, 2016
This week’s theme
Long words

This week’s words
chintz
sesquipedalian
dermatoglyphics
hemidemisemiquaver
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Illustration: János Szüdi

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supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

PRONUNCIATION:
(soo-puhr-ka-li-fra-juh-lis-tik-eks-pi-uh-li-DO-shuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Extraordinarily wonderful.

ETYMOLOGY:
A fanciful formation. Earliest documented use is from 1949, though this word was popularized by the 1964 film Mary Poppins.

USAGE:
“You might as well say, ‘Let’s give the customer a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious experience.’ But saying it doesn’t make it so.”
Lewis Carbone; Clued In; Pearson; 2010.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. -L.P. Hartley, writer (30 Dec 1895-1972)

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