What does it mean?

It's in the dictionary

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word has now come to mean an expression of excited approval.

“For me it’s all about rhythm,” says lexicographer Susie Dent. “Although the word has developed a semi-independent life of its own, it is hard not to hear the song in your head as you recite it, and ‘recite’ seems to be the better word than ‘say’.

As every child knows, if you say the word loudly enough, you’ll always sound precocious.

Few neologisms have become so ingrained in the language and elicit such affection.

It was introduced into the Mary Poppins story by American composers Robert and Richard Sherman when they adapted the PL Travers book for the big screen.

In the 1964 musical film, starring Julie Andrews, the nanny with magical powers wins an unorthodox race – on merry-go-round horses – and is surrounded by reporters who say she must be lost for words.

“On the contrary, there’s a very good word,” she replies, before bursting into song.

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