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Is "Funnest" Really A Word?

As an editor and grammar nut (not that I don't make mistakes), I'm really nitpicky about things like this...

IS funnest really a word? Or a real word, rather?

IS funnest really a word? Or a real word, rather?

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....

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, Sherry Holder-Hunt, 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 Says.....

"No results found for funnest:

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


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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"? ...

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.)

Digory LM on July 12, 2014:

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

QuizSquid on February 21, 2014:

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

Jackie Jackson from Fort Lauderdale on June 15, 2013:

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.

suepogson on January 18, 2013:

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

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on June 21, 2012:

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...

GeekGirl1 on June 16, 2012:

Interesting topic.

brynimagire on March 20, 2012:

Nice post ! cool lens.

luvmyludwig lm on November 15, 2011:

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

paydayadvanceuk on November 09, 2011:

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

blackironchandelier on October 27, 2011:

hhmmmmm im in deep thought

gregoryolney lm on September 05, 2011:

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.

sujaysen on June 19, 2011:

The question is indeed good.

GuruTax on April 13, 2011:

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.

Padaneis on March 13, 2011:

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.

Steve Dizmon from Nashville, TN on February 15, 2011:

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.

Addy Bell on January 19, 2011:

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

yourgoldenfuture on January 13, 2011:

interesting fun though :-)

Philippians468 on January 10, 2011:

thanks so much for your lens. cheers.

anonymous on December 09, 2010:

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

So bestEst ??? NO

MargoPArrowsmith on December 04, 2010:

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

awesomeamber on November 21, 2010:

wow! great lens!

anonymous on October 09, 2010:

Really enjoyed my stay here!

RebeccaE on September 18, 2010:

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

nebby from USA on September 13, 2010:

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

resabi on August 22, 2010:

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

noxid25 on February 12, 2010:

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

lasertek lm on December 21, 2009:

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 on November 16, 2009:

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!!!

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on November 02, 2009:

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

Lensrolled to Verbs: What ARE you doing?

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on September 23, 2009:

Great fun. Thanks.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on September 16, 2009:

It's the Funnest Lens Ever!

Sojourn on August 05, 2009:

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

The Eclectic Muse on June 29, 2009:

Super lens!

Kylyssa Shay from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on June 01, 2009:

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

FunGifts4All on May 31, 2009:

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

Bambi Watson on May 18, 2009:

love this les it is truly the funnest!

Cheryl Kohan from England on May 11, 2009:

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.

NC Shepherd on April 11, 2009:

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.

what-u-c on April 08, 2009:

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.

religions7 on April 08, 2009:

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

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 08, 2009:

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


EpicFarms on April 07, 2009:

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.


tdove on April 06, 2009:

Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

MikeMoore LM on April 02, 2009:

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. :)

Tom Fattes from Naperville, IL on March 25, 2009:

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

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on March 24, 2009:

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.

drifter0658 lm on March 24, 2009:



Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on March 24, 2009:

[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.

cjsysreform on March 24, 2009:

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!

anonymous on March 24, 2009:

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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