About Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (listen) is a song from the 1964 Disney musical film Mary Poppins. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, and sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. It also appears in the stage show version. Because Mary Poppins was a period piece set in 1910, songs that sounded similar to songs of the period were wanted. The movie version finished at #36 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

It's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough


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Written by: Anthony Kenward Drewe, Kenward Drewe Anthony, Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George William Stiles, William Stiles George

11 facts about this song

"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Creation
The song was created by the Sherman Brothers who were American songwriting duo who specialized in writing for film and television, they are often associated with Disney films.
Longest Word
At 34 letters long, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is one of the longest words in the English language to be featured in a song.
The Song's Meaning
Despite its seemingly nonsensical nature, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is actually a compound word that roughly translates to "Atoning for educatability through delicate beauty".
The Movie
The song was featured in the 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins, where it was performed by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
Grammy Award
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost to another song from the same movie, "Chim Chim Cher-ee".
There was a copyright dispute over the song, with another songwriter claiming that the Sherman Brothers had plagiarised it from a similar song he wrote in the 1950s. The court ruled in favour of the Sherman Brothers.
Dick Van Dyke's Performance
In the film, the song is performed during a magical outing at a racecourse, with Dick Van Dyke’s character leading the song and dance.
Record Sales
The Mary Poppins soundtrack, which includes "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", went on to become Disney's biggest selling album at the time.
Usage Outside of Film
The word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious has since been used outside of the Mary Poppins universe, and was included in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1986.
Jump Rope Rhyme
Part of the song was used as a skipping rhyme by English schoolchildren, which was one of the inspirations for the song.
The popularity of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" extends to current times, with the song often being covered by modern musicians and featured in many television shows and commercials.

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