Date: Sun, 3 Dec 1995 13:06:19 -0500 From: Benjamin Barrett Subject: Re: So fun >Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 22:26:42 EST >From: Larry Horn >Someone else may be en route to saying this better or with more evidence > and >citations, but there's a clear age dialect at work here. 'fun' is > definitely >an adjective for those under a certain age. for my kids (now 13 and 11), A >can be funner than B, and C can be the funnest. As Bolinger, Paul, Breal > et >al would predict, these are quite distinct from 'funnier', 'funniest', so >there's no logical argument against this particular zero-derivation--except >that in OUR day, back when nouns were nouns, goddammit, 'fun' was a noun > and >proud OF it. P.S. I am 29 and seem to fall right in the middle. While there are many people who insist on retaining stringent rules regarding which words must only be used as such-and-such parts of speech, in my vocabulary, damn and ALL of its derivatives retain the letter "n." Mming an "n" is absolutely out!:) in fun, yoroshiku Benjamin Barrett