Fifty shades of hype

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I’ve heard a lot about the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James.  Just like the Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, the trilogy has been flying off the bookshelves.  It seems when something new or different or edgy is introduced to the mass public, everyone wants a piece of the action.  The NOOK and the Kindle became “the” way to digest reading material.  Consumers just “had” to have the latest and greatest iPhones, iPads and iPods.  Hunger Games was a must-see movie and the list goes on.  Admittedly, I haven’t read the first two authors mentioned, I still read books the old-fashioned way, I don’t own anything iRelated and I typically wait for films to hit the discount theaters.  Crazes are fun to get caught up in, but I typically find that’s all it is: hype.  I’d rather save my money for a sure thing that doesn’t result in disappointment.  Maybe I’m missing out, maybe I’m not.

If you’ve read E.L. James’ trilogy, am I missing out?

Grammar lesson #16: fun, funner, funnest

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Ouch.  That’s how it felt when I posted on a friend’s Facebook wall that funner is a word.  (Her mom is a teacher and I felt the sting of the imaginary ruler as she whacked me across the knuckles in admonishment.)  When Googling the derivatives of fun, I discovered its adjectives in slang form.  So are funner and funnest real words then?  According to The Grammar Girl, when fun is used as an informal adjective (rather than a common noun), funner and funnest slip down the same slippery slope.  (If crazier and craziest are okay, then why not funner and funnest, I ask?)  Apparently Steve Jobs touted the “funnest iPod ever” campaign, and now Chuck E Cheese commercials challenge its customers to: “say cheese, it’s funner.”  Personally, whether slang or not, I think these words are playful and, all rulers aside, funner*.

What do you think: are funner and funnest “real” words?

*If you refuse to use the informal approach, try more fun or most fun, instead.