Ilene Springer
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Learning Article : Fun Or Funny? Different Meanings Of Funny In English

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In English, when we say something is funny, we often mean that it makes us laugh, like a funny movie. But, we also use the word funny for a lot of other reasons in English. Let’s see if you can figure it out what each different 'funny' means...

Jul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
Comments · 16

Mr Bean is definitely funny. But watching his show is fun.


Ilene, you couldn't explain these differences better but to limit the confusion for the folks which aren't too familiar with the concept of "funny" yet I would rather simplify saying that something is either:

-funny (really funny)

-funny (strange, weird).

     Ex: "My stomach feels strange." "I feel strange about singing in public." “Isn’t it strange how he’s a university professor, but his son is failing school?” in my opinion would also work although not as Adequately for sure... 

It's not that I'm on a quest to butcher mercilessly the English language but personally I couldn't cope with too many informations when I first learnt it so I guess that it's good for a student to first learn that funny means funny then later on that it can also mean strange and finally that there are more nuances about it ;), Just my 2 cents.    

July 13, 2014

Thanks a lot, Allen, for your comment! I believe you're right about some English speakers being

confused.  All the best--Ilene

November 3, 2014
October 31, 2014

I think it’s quite clear how funny was used in each example even if he’s never read about different meanings of funny before. In other words, word “funny” like thousands of others has literal and figurative meaning. And I think there are also lots of other examples of word “funny” usage …

September 2, 2014

Very interesting as usual Ilene. 

August 28, 2014
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