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The news of Annette Funicello's death earlier today got me thinking about who coined the word "mouseketeer", the name given the performers on the Mickey Mouse Club. A bit of research showed that it was Walt Disney himself although it was not created for the popular tv program. "Mouseketeer" first appeared in an animated short titled "Three Blind Mouseketeers" in 1936, part of the Silly Symphonies series produced by Walt Disney Productions beginning in 1929.

The show aired in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, and Latin America. What I really enjoyed learning is that the show had more invented words: "The show even has its own Mouseka-language, with such terms as Mousekatune, Mousekariddle, Meeseketeer (small Mouseketeer), Mousekadance and Mousekamess."

You can learn more about the history of the Mickey Mouse Club here: 

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