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October 1969


Am J Dis Child. 1969;118(4):669. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100040671028

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REPLY  Webster does define "funny" essentially as given above and he also states that the use of the word in the sense of strange, queer, or odd is colloquial. However, Evans and Evans in A Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage do not regard this secondary meaning as colloquial. Because their definition has a certain charm, I quote:funny; strange. The use of funny for strange or odd or peculiar (She was very funny about the whole business, seemed to want it done but seemed to not want it done at the same time. You know, it gave me a funny feeling, like being hit in the stomach.) is widespread and not without a charm in the innocent way in which it reveals the simpleton in us that finds the strange laughable.

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