It’s not nonsense

John, you’re right

It’s good to know you’re bright

For intellect can wash away confusion

Georgie sees

And Annabel agrees

Most folderol’s an optical illusion

Can You Imagine That?, Mary Poppins Returns

If you thought my Mary Poppins Returns posts were done, well, honestly, so did I. Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on how you want to look at it – they’re not.

I was listening to “Can You Imagine That?” from Mary Poppins Returns the other night, when I randomly had the inkling to look up “folderol”. I always thought it was a made-up word to rhyme with something. But now that I think about it, it doesn’t rhyme with anything else in the song.

Anyway, I pulled out my phone and tapped on the Merriam-Webster dictionary app. And I found the following:

As you can see, “folderol” isn’t nonsense, but that’s exactly what it means.

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