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Old March 05, 2009, 03:43 AM
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In another post, David used the word "funnest." Could we have a discussion about the use of the word "funnest"? I found it online in two places: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=funnest and http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/funnest
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Where I grew up (which was near where David grew up), we used funner and funnest, but were also aware that others used more fun and most fun. I'm good with either usage, but my wife (from a neighboring state) uses the 'more formal' ones.
Is that what you wanted to discuss?
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Old March 05, 2009, 08:31 AM
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Rusty the word Funnest is other word seems to bestest. I mean this word also is wrong.
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Old March 05, 2009, 09:43 AM
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Funnest isn't wrong. Best is already a superlative, and it's wrong to add the -est ending to make it more superlative. Fun is changed to the superlative by adding an 'n' and the -est ending, OR by saying most fun.

Both forms are correct, though some people frown on funnest.

On an interesting note, my wife says more fun is correct (I say funner), but she and I both agree that funnest sounds just fine.
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Old March 05, 2009, 11:31 AM
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No, actually I was just being "tongue in cheek". I was, in fact, taught that "funner" and "funnest" are absolutely wrong. So anytime I hear or see them, I cringe a bit. But I realize that it's a gray area....
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I was also taught that "funner" and "funnest" were wrong; though I've probably been guilty of using "funnest".
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I was taught that the word fun was in the same family as other words that cannot be converted to superlatives by adding -er or -est.....

i.e. -

eager
alert

etc..........have to think of more..

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Yeah, I've been reading up on this since you brought it up. It's been more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Or has it been funner than a barrel of monkeys?
(Both terms are used on the Internet.)

It seems that fun used to be only a noun or a verb. Times have changed, though, and fun is now also considered an adjective (but not without some kind of labeling, like informal, in many of the dictionaries I checked).

When used as an adjective, English allows two different ways to form the comparative and two different ways to form the superlative.
For example, both sets are equal:
hot : more hot, most hot
hot : hotter, hottest

So, it stands to reason that both of these sets are equal:
fun : more fun, most fun
fun : funner, funnest

Based on Internet usage alone, more fun appears to be more popular (popularer ).
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I need the translation of funnest.

Funnest- Divertido?
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