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Fun and funner

May 22, 2014

The other day my 17-year-old daughter asked me: “Dad, should it be ‘more fun’ or ‘funner’?”

To someone of my age this is a laughable question. Of course it’s ‘more fun’ – just as of course it’s correct to ask for “more beer” and not “beerer”. Fun isn’t an adjective but a noun. It doesn’t have a comparative form.

But the fact is that fun is fast acquiring a comparative form, and presumably a superlative form too. My son, aged 10, says “funner” all the time, and so do do his friends. They also say “So fun!” rather than “Such fun!”

If you think about it, it’s odd that this change didn’t start to happen much earlier. After all, in many sentences we use the word fun exactly like an adjective: we say “This is fun” or “That looks fun” just as we would say “This is nice” or “That looks lovely”. I think we’ll continue to see fun move in an adjectival direction. 

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