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Is "Funnest" Really A Word?
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?
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."
And, ugh, ack! Blehk! Even Merriam-Webster Dictionary says:
Main Entry: fun
Inflected Form(s): sometimes fun·ner; sometimes fun·nest
Date: circa 1846
Noooooo! Not them too!
Oh My, Even Steve Jobs Said Funnest!
BUT Dictionary.com Says.....
"No results found for funnest:
Did you mean fun nest (in dictionary) or Fingest (in reference)?"
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.
Read a "Funnest" Discussion on Yahoo! Answers
- Funnest a word?
Is the word "Funnest" considered a proper word? Or should it be properly be worded as "most fun"? ...
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