Anyone who has watched the movie Mary Poppins will certainly remember a catchy song entitled, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” sung by the stars, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. While the 1964 movie popularized the term, the Oxford English Dictionary attributes its origin to an earlier version, Supercalafajalistickespialadojus, which was the title of a another song written in 1949 by Gloria Parker and Barney Young. Reaching back further, Helen Herman, a writer with the Syracuse Daily Orange, claiming to be the originatorarticle on March 10, 1931 wrote an , of the word. In it, Herman writes, “…I believe I am the sole originator of it, or at least, I have my own interpretation of its pronunciation. “Supercaliflawjalisticexpialadoshus” is the word to which I refer. … I have found that this expression of mine is very adequate in any type of appreciation.”
In any of its iterations, the adjective has come to be defined to mean an expression of something wonderful or fantastic.
These dogs being reunited with their owners are definitely expressing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious behavior. Having been separated for months on end, the returning soldiers are greeted by their dogs in the most exuberant and joyful way.