AEE 634: The Two Meanings of “Funny” in English and Why It’s Not Always a Laughing Matter

 

funny in English two meanings

You know the most obvious meaning of the word “funny” in English but did you know that “funny” can be used in a second way?

Find out what it is today!

Today we’re answering a question from Anastacia from Russia:

“Hi guys I really love to listen to All Ears English podcast. It’s really nice. I have some questions for you. For example, I have heard we can use “funny” like haha and funny like in a weird way, What’s the difference?”

 

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Funny:

This word has a few different meanings. At your level, it’s time to start using this word in new ways that are more common for native speakers.

  • Meaning 1: Haha, laughter, something humorous
  • Meaning 2: Strange, odd, something that is off, not quite right, gut feeling is wrong, bad, something is missing, a mismatch, something doesn’t line up

 

Situations where we might use “funny” in the Meaning #2: 

1) Investigating a murder/disappearance:

  • A: She always leaves her purse and her extra shoes at work but last night she didn’t leave anything behind
  • B: Hmm that’s kind of funny

2) Finding a Mistake: My credit card charged me an extra ten dollars for that dinner last week. That’s funny. I better give them a call.

 

Do you know any other ways to use “funny”?

Let us know in the comments below!



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