fun

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fun
first recorded in 1700 and stigmatized by Dr Johnson as a ‘low cant word’ (i.e. ephemeral jargon), has long hovered on the brink of adjectival status (It was really fun) and more recently has taken a step further in informal attributive uses such as We had a fun time or That would be a fun thing to do. It still has a way to go, however, since it cannot yet be qualified by intensifying adverbs such as very or extremely (use of great instead gives away the noun's disguise). It also lacks the comparative and superlative inflections that a single-syllable adjective normally has, although more fun as in This sounds more fun is legitimate; funner and funnest have appeared in youth slang in AmE and are now found in BrE too, albeit usually in a jocular form:

• She is also looking forward to the camaraderie of her country's locker room. ‘Teams,’ she said, ‘are so much funner.’ —Guardian, 2004.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Fun — 〈[fʌ̣n] m.; ; unz.; salopp〉 Spaß ● Fun haben Spaß haben, sich amüsieren, sich sorglos vergnügen [engl., „Spaß“] * * * Fun [fan ], der; s [engl. fun]: Spaß, den jmd. bei bestimmten Tätigkeiten hat: F. haben. * * * FUN   [Abk. für Free Universal …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Fun — Fun, n. [Perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. fonn pleasure.] Sport; merriment; frolicsome amusement. Oddity, frolic, and fun. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] {To make fun of}, to hold up to, or turn into, ridicule. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fun it — «Fun it» Canción de Queen Álbum Jazz (album) Publicación 1978 Grabación …   Wikipedia Español

  • fun — ► NOUN 1) light hearted pleasure or amusement. 2) a source of this. 3) playfulness or good humour. ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ enjoyable. ● make fun of Cf. ↑make fun of …   English terms dictionary

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