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"It is a lot of fun," sounds correct, but not, "it is a fun game."
Isn't fun a noun? Then why is it used as an adjective?
I have heard this usage even by literary giants, so this cannot be a common mistake.
Should "funny" be used in stead?

EDIT Moral of the story: Fun has become an adjective colloquially, hence it is impossible to see it as wrong.

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Related: Is "funnest" a word? –  RegDwigнt Apr 25 '11 at 12:25

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Fun is both a noun and an adjective.

"It is a fun game" is correct English.

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Additionally, "funny" means "humorous". "It is a funny game" means the game makes people laugh. "Fun" just means "enjoyable" or "pleasant". –  Bacon Bits Apr 25 '11 at 2:38
    
What is the noun for funny-ness, by the way? –  Louis Rhys Apr 25 '11 at 2:39
    
@Louis Rhys that would be "humor," I believe. –  xdumaine Apr 25 '11 at 2:57
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@CMR: Informal doesn't mean non-standard or wrong. –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Apr 25 '11 at 16:50
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@Louis: funniness, meaning either humor or the quality of being humorous, is already a word, at least in American English. There may be a difference between American and British English here. –  Peter Shor Apr 25 '11 at 17:45

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