Is “Funnest” a Word?

Vote on when it is OK to use the word “funnest.” This poll was inspired by the “Funnest iPod Ever” marketing campaign. Here’s my Grammar Girl post about “funnest.”

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6 Responses to Is “Funnest” a Word?

  1. Ryan Jerz says:

    I voted anywhere. I did that because there has to be a word that applies in the situation of that iPod ad. “The most fun iPod ever” doesn’t work. But taking fun and adding the same suffix that you would apply to “cool” or a “dumb” just seems appropriate. It may not be right, but it SHOULD be right.

  2. fmlyons says:

    funnest is NOT a word.

  3. Kevin M. says:

    I do realize that language changes over time, but in the language wars, I tend to lean prescriptivist, so I’m going to toss my hat in the ring to say that it’s not a word. I don’t mind language changing, but I hate when it changes because so many native speakers don’t know or care about the actual rules. See: alot vs. a lot. I surmise that alot will be a dictionary word within fifty years.

  4. K. Roddey says:

    For me, “funnest” the same type of thing as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (for those who don’t know what that is, I am SO sorry!). It’s wrong, but we all noticed. And now we’re all talking about an iPod ad. Probably the intention …

  5. admin says:

    147 people had voted as of September 19, 2008.

  6. to me it’s not a grammatically correct word, that’s why I voted for ‘never’ 😉

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