Michael Quinion on ‘Funner’ and ‘Funnest’

Interesting history of fun as an adjective, apropos Apple’s description of the new iPod Touch as “The funnest iPod ever.” The word is certainly legitimate enough for use in advertising copy, but it doesn’t sound good to my ears. I’m not outright offended, though, as many seemingly are. A more substantial gripe than questioning the word’s legitimacy is that it’s too easily misread as funniest. (Via Paul Kafasis.)

Tuesday, 9 September 2008