Sunday, April 12, 2009

Back to fun...

Dear Word Spies and Word Snoops,

The day it is hot,
The sun it is sunny
And we can have lots of good fun that is funny!

This is one of my favourite lines in all the books I have ever read. I bet you know it. That's right - it comes from The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss.

"Fun" is quite an old word - it goes back about five hundred years at least. (Wow!) In those (very) olden days, it meant tricking or fooling someone, which can sometimes be funny I guess. Bit by bit it started to mean what we meant by it - well, fun!

It's almost a slang word, isn't it? (Slang means the sorts of words you're not usually supposed to write down in your homework assignments.) In other languages words for "fun" are also like this. You might have heard Irish, Scottish or English people say crack - yep, that means "fun." And in Israel they say kef. I wonder if you know a word for "fun" in another language?

So long, and
Fun Fun Fun
From the Word Spy

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