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Is "Funnest" Really A Word?

Updated on August 23, 2017
IS funnest really a word? Or a real word, rather?
IS funnest really a word? Or a real word, rather? | Source

If This Ain't The Funnest Thing I've Written....

....well, then I'm a dork.

But I just can't wrap my head around it. Funnest?

No English teacher I ever had approved of that one. (Or its cousin, funner, for that matter.) The red pen woulda come out fightin' mad.

Am I wrong, though?

Some folks vehemently disagree with me, so I've decided to present this topic for some friendly dueling.

Yeah, you wanna fight about it? Bring it on, oh most funnest ones!

First, Let's Take A Simple Vote on Funnest - to see where we stand on this most pressing issue....

Yes or No? Is funnest REALLY a word? Or a real word, rather?

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Is Funnest Really a Word?
Is Funnest Really a Word?

Now, About "Funnest": Wiktionary Says....

And I quote....

"Funnest is a regular superlative of the adjective fun. However, the use of fun as an adjective is itself still often seen as informal or casual and to be avoided in formal writing, and this would apply equally to the superlative form."

Merriam-Webster, however, lists fun as an adjective without comment and states that "funner and funnest are 'sometimes' used. Because of the remaining stigma, 'most fun' may be preferred in formal writing."

Thank you, SherryHolderHunt, for bringing this Wiktionary entry to my attention.

And, ugh, ack! Blehk! Even Merriam-Webster Dictionary says:

Main Entry: fun
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): sometimes fun·ner; sometimes fun·nest
Date: circa 1846

Noooooo! Not them too!

Oh My, Even Steve Jobs Said Funnest!

Is Funnest Really a Word?
Is Funnest Really a Word?

BUT Dictionary.com Says.....

"No results found for funnest:

Did you mean fun nest (in dictionary) or Fingest (in reference)?"

Ha!

And check out World Wide Words:

"What we're seeing here is language evolution in action. So the straightforward answer to your question is: yes, you can use these forms, and people are doing so increasingly often.

But if your question was really asking whether it is acceptable to use them in all circumstances, then I have to say firmly that, no, it isn't, not yet anyway. They are definitely informal and they should still be avoided when speaking or writing standard or formal English."

You did note the "should still be avoided" part, right? Okay, good.

Okay, Grammarians, Let's Duke It Out! - What Say You?

Is "funnest" a legitimate word?

My Reaction to "Funnest"

My Reaction to "Funnest"
My Reaction to "Funnest"

© 2009 Deb Kingsbury

So, Am I Just Being A Word-Snob? - You can lemme have it here. (Uh-oh.)

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    • Digory LM profile image

      Digory LM 3 years ago

      Irregardless of the grammar Nazis out there, true-blooded grammar rednecks know funnest is always gooder than funner!!!

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      QuizSquid 3 years ago

      Whether it's snobbery or not, I wouldn't use funnest if you want to be taken seriously by educated people.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I'm like Poddy's (below). I hate these words. Funnest is definitely not allowed! My pet hate is when people say 'bring' when they mean 'take'. But then I have lots of pet hates when it comes to grammar. These things just make people sound stupid.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      No - you're cool and awsomastic isn't a word either (but it should be)

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Funnest is most definitely not a word, and I can only think it's used in the USA, along with winningest, mostest, and others... Where else would you find commercials for hot dogs that "plump" where plump is a verb. Grrrrhhhh!!! Like you I am a bit of a grammar fiend...

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Interesting topic.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Nice post ! cool lens.

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      luvmyludwig lm 5 years ago

      I am going to add a link to this every time I use the WORD in a lens :)

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      paydayadvanceuk 5 years ago

      Nah, it's a good topic..:)

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      blackironchandelier 5 years ago

      hhmmmmm im in deep thought

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      gregoryolney lm 6 years ago

      Not in the least - although language develops and is constantly changing, nevertheless there must be rules or it will become more and more difficult to communicate. Grammar is more important in written language, as speech, however incoherent, can convey meaning through tone and expression.

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      sujaysen 6 years ago

      The question is indeed good.

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      GuruTax 6 years ago

      It's "more fun" or "most fun" NOT funner, or funnest. It's just one of those things that's been done wrong so often that it's accepted. Group think. If everyone does it wrong it must be right. That's why "firstly" or "for starters" are all over the net.

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      Padaneis 6 years ago

      Awesome lens. Of course languages don't bother grammarians and do what they want (to the funnest extent!). But as to speakers, they probably have a lesser degree of freedom. Bests.

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Playing with the English language is far too much fun to allow grammar snobs to interfere. I know a "ittlebip" bit about the proper use of words, but follow the rules only if necessary.

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      Maybe. I'm a pretty hypocritical word snob myself, because I hate "funnest" even though I generally enjoy wordplay and other fun with language.

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      interesting fun though :-)

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thanks so much for your lens. cheers.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The word "best" means "better than all the rest." There is nothing better than the best.

      So bestEst ??? NO

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Na, I am the one who is a word snob!

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      awesomeamber 6 years ago

      wow! great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really enjoyed my stay here!

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      this is so wonderful, teh funnest lens I've read.

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      If I didn't use the word funnest - life would be boring.

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      resabi 7 years ago

      I don't like it, so stick me in the grammar snob category. I do, however, like this lens. It was so fun...

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      noxid25 7 years ago

      This is the mostest-funnest-lensiest-lens ever! :)

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice debate! Funnest is a word that people are starting to use whenever an extreme enjoyment has been experienced. Orally, I think this word is acceptable but in writing, I guess not. 5*

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      Okay so I admit..I don't like the word but its stuck in my head now. I just used it in the plexo..hopefully I will not ever again use it! Got to tell it like it is - this lens was a one of a kind funnest lens! Ooops..I just did. Shh!!!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Great lens, lots of fun, the funnest lens I have read lately.

      Lensrolled to Verbs: What ARE you doing?

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Great fun. Thanks.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      It's the Funnest Lens Ever!

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      Sojourn 8 years ago

      Yup - It's notta word. But using it anyway is the funnest. :) Love this lens!

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      The Eclectic Muse 8 years ago

      Super lens!

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      Kylyssa Shay 8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Great lens! I love to express the Grammar Nazi side of my personality and this lens gave me a good excuse today.

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      FunGifts4All 8 years ago

      I'm all for spreading a smile around and this lens is funny. Great job!!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      love this les it is truly the funnest!

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      You are definitely not a word snob. I really enjoyed reading this page and all of the opinions but I will not ever consider it a legitimate word. Sorry.

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      NC Shepherd 8 years ago

      I'm a stickler and a word-snob, too, but.... Technically, why wouldn't it be a word if we can add "er" and "est" to other words (just make sure you double that "n")? I think we never accepted it because it's awkward and doesn't flow. And then there's the difference between spoken language and written language. All that said, I would never use it in writing, and probably not in speaking. Language evolution happens, but we don't have to let it be sloppy.

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      what-u-c 8 years ago

      Another great lens ramkitten. I never thought about this until reading this lens. Its only when you think about the words we use that you begin to wonder if if they really are words.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Yup, it is the funnest lens that I have read today. Well done & blessed by a brand-new SquidAngel!

      Brenda

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      HaHa, great lens and - dare I say it?? Oh yeah, I dare - the funnest one I've read today! Although I must admit that word just seems so WRONG somehow (even here in the grammatically-challenged South :o) 5* and thanks for the laugh.

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      MikeMoore LM 8 years ago

      I remember the debate in the critique forum. I almost missed out, but thanks to Twitter, I found you. Nope, funner is NOT a word. :)

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      Tom Fattes 8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I'm with susannaduffy. It don't sownd wright even wen itz mor funner to sayz.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      As a (retired) English teacher at tertiary level and tutor in Remedial English I would break the red pencil in my haste to underline such a word. OK, some actors may say it on an American TV show - that doesn't make it English, even of the American variety :) Some children may say it? That doesn't make it English either. Yes, the language is a living language, that's its strength, but nonsense words aren't part of that organic process.

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      No.

      Thanks!

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      [in reply to cjsysreform] Uh-oh, I just found out that it's deemed a legit word in Facebook Scrabble! I'm gettin' pummelled here.

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      cjsysreform 8 years ago

      You've clearly still got a sense of humor about yourself, so maybe you are a bit of a word snob but so what? We've all got our flaws!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow, this was the funnest ...nope, sorry - make that the most fun lens I have read so far! Hope you find many duelers:)