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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FUNNY

Yet see now, these funny little animals on the surface of the spinning-ball.

It's funny—that's exactly what I told Aunt Cornelia about that—that man.

Let him talk, and hear you laugh when he was funny, and he was satisfied.

Once she would have thought that that was funny; now it seemed very touching to her.

Aunt is so funny, not to have guessed who wrote the Star article.

"You must have thought it funny the first time you saw one," said Dorcas Jane.

Miss Bartlett was pleased to look upon this incident as funny.

Your men were playing a funny game—hare and hounds, it looked like.

Silver, you don't know how funny this master of yours can be!

Marilla Merritt might not see that it was funny, Mrs. Bloodgood mightn't, but it was.

WORD ORIGIN

"humorous," 1756, from fun + -y (2). Meaning "strange, odd" is 1806, said to be originally U.S. Southern. The two senses of the word led to the retort question "funny ha-ha or funny peculiar," which is attested from 1916. Related: Funnier; funniest. Funny farm "mental hospital" is slang from 1962. Funny bone "elbow end of the humerus" is 1826; funnies "newspaper comic strips" is from 1852.

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