Published 5:37 pm Monday, December 30, 2013

As I was looking for some inspiration for this week’s column, I stumbled across information that took me straight back to Sunday nights, when I was growing up.

Nights that my brother Dave and I would sit glued to the television set watching “Wonderful World of Disney” or some incarnation of that program.

The series premiered as “Disneyland” on October 27, 1954 and concluded its 29 season with a finale as “Walt Disney” on May 3, 1983. Those were the good ole’ days.

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The series brought my brother and me hours of delight repeating words like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Indubitably. We would repeat them over and over as fast as we could and laugh at the first one who messed up the pronunciation. So much for the times before video games.

This week’s column celebrates Disney and the amazing words it brought into our homes and lives at such a young age. Here are some of my favorite words from Disney movies. Match meanings to words and remember that the answers are always at the bottom.





A. Atrocious —

B. Precocious —

C. Crustacean —

D. Idle Prattle —

E. Menagerie —

F. Meticulous —

G. Tenacity —

H. Quid Pro Quo —

I. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious  —.

J. Indubitably —

K. Pachyderms —

L. Etiquette —

M. Domicile —

N. Aggregation —

O. Strife —

P. Wanderlust —

Q. Posse —

R. Beguine —

S. Expectorating —

T. Genuflect —

U.  Calumny —




1. Having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual.

2. Something for something.

3. Showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.

4. Any of the thick-skinned, nonruminant ungulates, as the elephant, hippopotamus, and rhinoceros.

5. Horrifyingly wicked.