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Is "Funnest" Really A Word?

Updated on January 20, 2015
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?

No, it ain't! Not never! (That is, no.)

No, it ain't! Not never! (That is, no.)

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      People who use it sound uneducated. And they probably are.

    • suepogson 4 years ago

      It's the horridest word ever-never-ever

    • RichLeighHD 4 years ago

      Not a chance. It just sounds so wrong...

    • GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Nope.

    • mogulmedia 5 years ago

      No, simples!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      no, I don't believe you should use this word as an adjective, it is a noun, this also goes along with people using double superlatives. (most brightest, most cutest, etc.) it's either cutest, or most cute, not both, just don't do it, it makes you sound like an idiot.

    • paydayadvanceuk 5 years ago

      I'm not a grammarian, but I think it's not a word? I think?

    • rtabel 5 years ago

      r u kidding?

    • gregoryolney lm 5 years ago

      No - and "fun" is not an adjective but a noun !

    • Addy Bell 6 years ago

      I hate the word "funnest", and think it shouldn't be used simply because it's annoying. On the other hand, I'm much more of a descriptivist than a prescriptivist where language is concerned, so I have to admit it's a "real" word in that it's widely understood. But THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT OK!

    • KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Seems that English as a first language needs to re-enter the classrooms!

    • yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      no it isn´t...sounds funny though

    • Mary114 6 years ago

      It not so, funniest Ñorrectly

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      funnest is NOT a word but:

      funniest, ARE

    • Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Depends on the situation. Formal speaking or writing--no. Casual conversation--why not?

    • GospelSmith 6 years ago

      Maybe later, as the American public continues to dumb down the English Language. "Fun" is not yet an adective in standard English.

    • redflea13 lm 6 years ago

      No but it is fun to use just to be funny.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Just because some words become acceptable in some circles â even some official places such as dictionaries (the Oxford ain't perfect [yes, I know I used ain't, get over it] :-) â doesn't make it correct are acceptable by the larger audience. When it comes to writing, acceptable often means lazy... too lazy to know, to lazy to care, to lazy to know the rules and when you can break them.

    • resabi 6 years ago

      Whether or not it's technically acceptable to use "funner" or "funnest," my opinion of a person who uses it tends to decrease. When I hear it used, my reaction is annoyance and disdain.

    • Peregrina LM 6 years ago

      It might technically be becoming a word, but it grates on my ear like fingernails on a blackboard.

    Yup! Mostist definitely 'tis a woid!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        It's a word. Language is constantly changing and adapting. We speak in ways now, even formally, that a hundred years ago would have sounded both ridiculous and childish. Trying to dictate what people.can and can't say, especially when it's something as common and easy to say as funnest, doesn't make you educated. It makes you stuck up.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        the adjective's tense is determined by the number of syllables. single syllable words get the er, est. fast faster fastest. bad, badder, baddest. small, smaller, smallest. but it still sounds funny

      • wuilyl lm 4 years ago

        definitely!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        "Funner" and "funnest" will be accepted by the majority of English speakers within the next 20-30 years. You can be a trendsetter and start using it today, or you can be a fussy pants while the rest of the world passes you by.

      • eightieschild 4 years ago

        dictionary.com says yes it is!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        My english teacher told me it was. And I agree with anonymous.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I agree with $n@y.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Someone who says no said that they had to admit it's a "real" word in that it's widely understood. But THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT OK!

        The question isn't "Is it ok?" but "Is it a legitimate word?"

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        The dictionary says "sometimes," not "no."

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        It is if an elephant is gray and a grapefruit isn't a grape, so yeha : D

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Yes! If "ain't" is a word that is most commonly used by sophisticated people (that's what it says in the dictionary!) then surely "funnest" is a word. At first I thought it wasn't, but then I remembered me looking up "ain't" when my friend said it, so yeah, funnest is a word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        YES! And my eight year old son agrees! He is the one ho posed the question, hence your site in my search results. He finished a game on our new Kinect and said that Kinect Adventures is the "funnest Kinect game we have." Sounded good to me.

      • luvmyludwig lm 5 years ago

        it's a word because I say so...southern english is still english! :)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Yes. Legitimate word. At least that how I personally interpret the fact that official sources have deemed it a word. Oxford dictionary and Merriam-Webster are far more authoritative than Dictionary.com which is owned by Lexico Publishing Group, and is not an authority on the English language.

        (though, now even Dictionary.com includes it in their database.)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        ye i use it all the time!!

      • sujaysen 6 years ago

        As per the dictionary it is legitimate word.

      • MarkFashionista 6 years ago

        I just don't understand what is all the fuss about it. Who cares, it is fun to say it!

      • Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

        Just because a word isn't in the dictionary is no reason to disqualify it from participating in our language. I make up lots of words and many of them are better than those accepted by the "Linguist Elite". So there!

      • JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

        It's a word. Period.

      • awesomeamber 6 years ago

        of course it is!!!!!!

      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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          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:)

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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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          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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          drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

          No.

          Thanks!

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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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          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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          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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          tdove 8 years ago

          Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          Bambi Watson 8 years ago

          love this les it is truly the funnest!

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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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          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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          The Eclectic Muse 8 years ago

          Super lens!

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          Sojourn 7 years ago

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

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          WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          It's the Funnest Lens Ever!

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