Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? What do you think creates this effect?

I would like to have enough knowledge of the English Language to answer to this Prompt with some sense.

I love the sound of a lot of words but, being a foreigner, I don’t dare to pick one and elaborate the reasons of my choice. I like how it sounds thunder, for instance. But I’m sure that if I had a broader vocabulary, I’d found better words with the right sound.

So, since I can’t answer to this prompt seriously I’ll switch to fantasy and I’ll choose a very good sounding word: “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” which is fair game because it has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary as a nonsense word that means fantastic. It also means, according to the Mary Poppins film, “something to say when you have nothing to say”, which is my case today.

 

Sounds Right.

3 thoughts on “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

  1. Oh my gosh, what a great response to the prompt! I love how you used your limitation to your advantage. I hadn’t heard that word made it into the dictionary but what a great word it is and very deserving! It’s one of those words that always makes me chuckle. I’m gonna have to put this on for my kids – they’ll love it and they’re old enough for this classic now.

    1. I’m glad you appreciated my efforts. This is a word I’ll never forget. It’s associated to joyful days in my life. It seems it was included in 1986 in the Oxford English Dictionary, with the definition “A nonsense word, originally used esp. by children, and typically expressing excited approbation: fantastic, fabulous.”
      The Merriam Webster dictionary does not include the word though.
      I love the movie and I hope your kids will enjoy it, as so many over the decades.

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