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Ben Zimmer on Supercalifragilisticexpialodocious

Friday, April 27, 2012

Ben Zimmer, language columnist for the Boston Globe and executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and Vocabulary.com, tells the untold story behind the word "supercalifragilisticexpialodocious." He wrote about it in his latest Boston Globe column.

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Comments [2]

If Mary Poppins had weak and worn hands as well as bad breath, would she have super calloused fragile hands and extra halitosis?

Apr. 27 2012 12:51 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I thought the Yiddish word was originally "Eh!" with no "m." Maybe the "m" was added so goyim wouldn't confuse it with "Eh?" as a question.

Apr. 27 2012 12:45 PM

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