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Entry from July 18, 2010
Nagadocious (Nacogdoches misspelling)

"Nagadocious” is a spelling error for the Texas city of Nacogdoches. The Space Shuttle Columbia dropped some debris around the city; a television news map in February 2003 mispelled the city’s name.

The suffix “-docious” also appears in the made-up word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” where “docious” means “educable.” There are various entries for “docious” in the Urban Dictionary, where the word is defined as “excellent.”

Although “Nagadocious” is usually a spelling error, there is an entry for the term in the Urban Dictionary.


Wikipedia: Nacogdoches, Texas
Nacogdoches (pronounced /ˌnækəˈdoʊtʃɪs/) is a city in Nacogdoches County, Texas, in the United States. The 2000 census recorded the city’s population to be 29,914, while in 2007 it was estimated to have reached 32,006. It is the county seat of Nacogdoches County and is situated in East Texas. Nacogdoches is a sister city of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Nacogdoches is the home of Stephen F. Austin State University and of the Association for Business Communication.

Nacogdoches made international headlines in February 2003, after receiving much of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster debris.

Urban Dictionary
Nagadocious
It means something that is ate-up, rodney-assed, bugen, white-trash, or otherwise lacking in decorum, taste or standards of any kind. When the space shuttle Columbia crashed in the town of Nacodoches, Fox News must not have had a map handy, because they spelled it Nagadocious. When I said it to myself it sound like a word to describe something unsavory. Later my freinds and I decided on it full usage and implementation within the English lexicon.
“That’s one nagadocious 1978 Trans-Am.”
“Natural Light is a very nagadocious beer.”
“That bitch is all sorts of nagadocious!”

by Tug Aug 23, 2004

Urban Dictionary
Docious
Adj. (Doh-shus)
Shortened version of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” made popular by the famous (and sexy) Mary Poppins.
Meanings:
1. Especially enjoyable
2. Uncommonly Impressive
3. Most Excellent.
Uses:
“Today was so docious! I got a high-five from Burt Reynolds!”

“Did you see Amy’s new car? It’s docious!”

Bob: “Where did you and Tracy go after the party?”
Edward: “We made out in her hot tub.”
Bob: “Docious!”

by ChiefOsceola Jul 8, 2009

Wikipedia: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (pronounced /ˌsuːpərˌkælɪˌfrædʒəlˌɪstɪkˌɛkspiːˌælɪˈdoʊʃəs/) is an English word, with 34 letters, that was in the song with the same title in the Disney musical film Mary Poppins. The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, and sung by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. It also appears in the stage show version of Mary Poppins.

Since Mary Poppins was a period piece set in 1910, period sounding songs were wanted. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” sounds like contemporary music hall songs “Boiled Beef and Carrots” and “Any Old Iron”.

Origin
According to Richard M. Sherman, co-writer of the song with his brother, Robert, the word was created by them in two weeks, mostly out of double-talk.

The roots of the word have been defined as follows: super- “above”, cali- “beauty”, fragilistic- “delicate”, expiali- “to atone”, and docious- “educable”, with the sum of these parts signifying roughly “Atoning for educability through delicate beauty.”

Trainorders.com
Date: 02/01/03 09:11
Re: What I do
Author: toledopatch
(...)
BTW, the potential for media screw-ups isn\’t limited to trains, either. Anybody see CBS\’s spelling of Nacogdoches, TX, on its map accompanying coverage of the shuttle Columbia disaster? ("Nagadocious")

2 February 2003, Beacon Journal (Akron, OH), pg. A8:
Errors inevitably arise: a map spelling Nacogdoches, Texas, as “Nagadocious,” a Fox anchor making an offhand comment for which he later apologized…

Ars Technica Open Forum
Jim Z
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 9:14 pm
What about CBS misspelling a certain Texas city’s name as “Nagadocious”?

Google Groups: alt.music.paul-simon
Newsgroups: alt.music.paul-simon
From: ( Who Me)
Date: 23 Jul 2003 00:35:42 GMT
Local: Tues, Jul 22 2003 7:35 pm
Subject: Re: Just wondering again

Tell ya what; I did tune in the CBC on February 1 of this year (the shuttle disaster). Earlier I had been watching the Fox network, and they were reporting that the vehicle came apart over Nagadocious, TX. I tuned in the CBC, and saw them reporting that it was Nagadoches.

Philosophistry
Words that get stuck in your head like jingles
posted by phil on Tuesday May 11, 2010 6:18 PM
Just as you get tunes stuck in your head, I’ll get fixated on a word for a couple days. Sometimes it’s because the word has an uncommon or tricky combination of phonemes, like “Laver” as in Rod Laver (Lah-Vuhr). Othertimes, the word has an unknown meaning or silly sound, like “nagadocious.” (I tried to Google it, but I still don’t get it).

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, July 18, 2010 • Permalink