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roselin32November 26, 2002

Is there an English teacher out there that will tell me if the phrase "so fun" is correct or not? I keep hearing people saying, "Such and such is so fun." and I am sure this is not correct?? Perhaps I am just dating myself??

Thanks.

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duckie

My copy of Strunk and White (copyright 1979) says this for the use of the word so:

So. Avoid, in writing, the use of so as an intensifier: "so good"; "so warm"; "so delightful."

Rarely does this edition mention "in writing" explicitly. I'm not sure why this particular word included the "in writing" part. I suspect it might be considered acceptable in a casual spoken use, but not in a more formal written use.

There is debate as to whether books such as Elements of Style proscribe or describe proper usage.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2002 at 2:15PM
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whazzup

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Here is a link that might be useful: Common Errors In English

    Bookmark   November 26, 2002 at 7:39PM
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duckie

It seems both of these resources indicate that "so fun" would certainly be frowned upon, but don't quite go so far as to say it is completely incorrect.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2002 at 8:26AM
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roselin32

Duckie,
You are correct but at my age, I don't want to be perceived as a "gum chewing airhead"!!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2002 at 1:29PM
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lil_lillian

The phrase "so fun" is not acceptable in writing. Colloquial language such as that should only be used when in conversation.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2002 at 1:47AM
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