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Posted by Roselin32 (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 26, 02 at 11:29

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??

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RE: English teacher

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.

RE: English teacher

Oh, an opportunity to post one of my favorite websites!

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

RE: English teacher

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.

RE: English teacher

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

RE: English teacher

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

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