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    fun/funny

    FBI officers dragging Hillary out of her house live on CNN would be fun/funny to watch.

    Which one is right here, fun or funny?

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    Re: fun/funny

    It depends on whether you want to say that it would be an enjoyable experience (fun) or one that would make you laugh (funny).
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Nov-2016 at 02:16.

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    Re: fun/funny

    Sorry but I don't quite get it yet. Can't an enjoyable moment and a laughter be more or less the same thing? So, there's only a very slight difference whether to use one or the other?
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 12-Nov-2016 at 20:37.

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    Re: fun/funny

    An enjoyable experience may not be funny. There is actually quite a big difference between the two:

    If you describe something as a fun thing, you mean that you think it is enjoyable. If you describe someone as a fun person, you mean that you enjoy being with them. [informal]It was a fun evening.What a fun person he is!
    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/fun

    Someone or something that is funny is amusing and likely to make you smile or laugh.Wade was smart and not bad-looking, and he could be funny when he wanted to.I'll tell you a funny story.
    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic.../english/funny




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    Re: fun/funny

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    Sorry but I don't quite get it yet. Can't an enjoyable moment and a laughter be more or less the same thing? So, there's only a very slight difference whether to use one or the other?
    In this particular example, yes, they're more or less the same, and it makes little difference which one you use. However, as Piscean has pointed out, that wouldn't be true in all cases.

    It's also going to depend a bit upon one's personal sense of humor, and how invested in the process you are. Is it so funny that it becomes a fun experience for you, or is it merely amusing?

    I would find the scenario both funny and fun, but others would not.
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    Re: fun/funny

    Still don't get it but maybe that's a cultural thing. In German we have a word called "Schadenfreude" which describes a feeling that a ManCity fan would probably feel if he saw ManUtd lose an important FA Cup match against a League 2 team. Would that be fun or funny in your opinion? I mean if he feels like having joy and laughter at the same time.
    Edit: OK I think now I got it after reading Skrej's post.
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 12-Nov-2016 at 21:44.

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    Re: fun/funny

    I don't associate pleasure at someone else's misfortune (Schadenfreude) with fun (Spaß) or funny. (komisch).

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    Re: fun/funny

    I'm familiar with the word schadenfreude, but my understanding of it is that it's more about taking pleasure in the displeasure of others. While that might apply in your original example, no, I wouldn't say it's a parallel example to the difference between fun and funny in that example.

    Fun refers to something which is an enjoyable experience. Funny refers to something humorous. Piscean's point is that while they sometimes can be the same, they aren't necessarily always the same.

    If I went to a good comedy show with a group of my closest friends, that would likely be both a fun and funny experience. However, if I went to an opera with the same group of friends, while that might also be a fun (enjoyable) night out, there wouldn't necessarily be anything humorous about the experience.
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    Re: fun/funny

    Riding a bike is fun. Your friend falling off a bike may be funny (assuming they don't hurt themself).
    Having sex is fun (usually). It's not typically funny.
    Telling jokes is fun. The jokes themselves are either funny or not.

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