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Opal's explanation to her grandson isn't quite right. "Funner" is substandard, and she's right to correct him, but saying that "funner" isn't a word is wrong. Any combination of sounds with a consistent meaning is a word, even if we don't like it. (Ever hear a child talk about his "binky"? It's not in the dictionary now, but someday it might be.) Our ever-changing language is more flexible than many of us like to think.

Opal's explanation to her grandson isn't quite right. "Funner" is substandard, and she's right to correct him, but saying that "funner" isn't a word is wrong. Any combination of sounds with a consistent meaning is a word, even if we don't like it. (Ever hear a child talk about his "binky"? It's not in the dictionary now, but someday it might be.) Our ever-changing language is more flexible than many of us like to think.

"However, I am the Queen, and that's all you really need to know."  Pickles.  Ha ha, I'm going to use that line.

"However, I am the Queen, and that's all you really need to know." Pickles. Ha ha, I'm going to use that line.

another way to terrify youth...

another way to terrify youth...

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