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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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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, 2011 at 2:38
  • What is the noun for funny-ness, by the way?
    – Louis Rhys
    Apr 25, 2011 at 2:39
  • @Louis Rhys that would be "humor," I believe.
    – xdumaine
    Apr 25, 2011 at 2:57
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    @CMR: Informal doesn't mean non-standard or wrong. Apr 25, 2011 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. Apr 25, 2011 at 17:45

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