FUNNER?



Did I, The Resume WordSmith, use the word funner?
Yes I did.

I usually write about words that I enjoy using or that have a special meaning for me and I know you enjoy reading about them.

This time I’m writing about a horror…one that is just a sample of what’s happening to the English language.

Let me set the scene:

It was after dinner and although the TV was on I was entranced by a book that I had just started: Dick Cavett’s Talk Show – Confrontations, Pointed Commentary and Off Screen Secrets. For those of you that don’t remember him or his show, he had an erudite conversational style and held in-depth discussions on the issues of the day.
I was reading the chapter “It’s Only Language” when I heard something on TV that set the bells ringing, whistles blowing and my grammar antenna went into cardiac arrest.

A commercial from a well known fast food company (who shall remain nameless) touting one of their products and the last line ended something like this: “When you eat this product your day will be funner.” FUNNER?

Thinking that I must have missed out on this new rule of grammar, I went to my computer, clicked the thesaurus and found nothing.
I clicked on Urban Dictionary where I found:
“The dumb person’s way of saying “more fun”
I NOW FELT MUCH BETTER!
Then I clicked on dailywritingtips.com to find:
“Several readers have asked for a post about the use of fun as an adjective. Many English speakers cringe at usage like this:

– One of my funnest rides I’ve owned was a Chevy S-10.
– Knitting is funner than cleaning.
– What’s the most funnest online game?

These examples reflect a usage that is in the process of becoming standard. The bottom line is: For the next 25 years or so, careful speakers and writers will avoid comparing “fun” as if it were an adjective.”

I’ll let you check out the response on www.worldwidewords.org to the following question in USA, “Why can we not say funner and funnest?

And from www.funner.org someone is running a page for the sole purpose of getting the word “funner” into Webster’s English Dictionary.

A colleague thought that it was brilliant advertising because the company name would stick in your mind and you would go around telling everyone about their awful commercial. Please note that I never mentioned the company name.

Do we need to run a campaign to bring back the English language? Many words have or will be added to the dictionary based on current trends and usage, i.e.: Google and Twitter. But funner? I have a hard time with that.
Thoughts and feedback from my brilliant readers are always welcome.





One Comment on “FUNNER?”

  1. 1 Steve Gallison said at 8:29 am on April 18th, 2014:

    Lois,
    I really enjoy your blog and appreciate your sensibilities.


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