Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 09:22:38 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: So fun
I think the important article on the adjectival use of _fun_
is still John Algeo "A Fun Thing" _American Speech_ 37 (1962)
As for "so fun," the earliest example of adjectival "fun"
in the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang,
from 1862 [sic], is for this form:
This was "never so fun...except when he was drunk."
We comment in a note that "The 1862 quot. is remarkably early and
may simply reflect a slip of the pen or a typographical error
for _funny_"; nonetheless, there's your early example of the form.
I, personally, find "so fun" completely natural, but them I'm
just a kid.
Random House Reference
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