Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 09:37:03 -0600


Subject: Re: So fun

Count me as a "so fun" speaker. B. 1959, Atlanta, GA.

Ellen Johnson


From: IN%"ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]" "American Dialect Society" 30-NOV-1995 19:12:40.97

Subj: So fun

A colleague just asked me whether I'd ever heard the expression "so fun".

It sounds odd to me, and I THINK I'd say "such fun" or "so much fun", but

I'm not 100% sure that I might not have said "so fun" experimentally as a

kid, or that I have never heard anyone else say it. I can't quite get to

the bottom of my own usage grammatically, since I'm pretty sure that when

I say "It was fun", I'm thinking fun(adj.) and not fun(noun), and if this

is the case, the adverb "so" would be appropriate, not the adjectivess

"such" or "so much".

My colleague says her daughter-in-law, who is from California, says it

all the time, and she wonders if it's California regional usage. If so,

maybe it's regional elsewhere as well. Or is it just idiolectal?

Any thoughts?

Peter McGraw

Linfield College

McMinnville, OR