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Is bestest a word?
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Replies: 6Last Post Jan. 22, 2009 3:31pm by smartlake
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Okay, I am sure that we all know that 'bestest' is not a word.  But, I have thought before, that there are cases when saying bestest sounds correct to me (and I am a grammar Nazi, I use 'whom' and the subjunctive religiously).  

Anyway, one case where I thought that it could work is when you are saying something along the lines of "You are my bestest and truest friend".  To me, saying "You are my best and truest friend" just sounds strange and does not convey what I want to say.

For example, the adjective 'best' used in the phrase 'best friends' does not necessarily mean that the friend in question is the 'best' (at what?).   I think that many people would agree that one can have several 'best friends' and saying that one person was the 'best of the best and truest' of all that persons friends is reasonably believable, no?  It is almost as if, maybe, 'best' changes its definition when used in front of 'friend.'  That is the only example I can think of...maybe I just think too much.

Okay, maybe none of that made sense to you.  I wonder if anyone else has almost said 'bestest'...

(BTW, I am aware that saying "My aunt is the bestest cook ever" just sounds retarded and so on.)

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Yep.

Edit: The sentence that was there prior was just retarded.  

Post edited at 3:24 pm on Jan. 22, 2009 by akallen


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i use bestest all the time. when talking about a bestest best friend or my fiancee who is just the bestest out of everyone. sounds stupid, i know.

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Grammar is language's bitch. Function over form; expression over correctness.

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Hypocrisy means never having to pick between 'right' and 'consistent'.

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No, bestest is not a word and nor should it be.

You answered your own question in the topic.


aying that one person was the 'best of the best

If you need to say that someone is the "best of the best", then say exactly that.

Also, you used the example of friend, because it's where "bestest" is most commonly used. You've just become used to the term in that context.


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Quote: from dissilusioned at 3:25 pm on Jan. 22, 2009

No, bestest is not a word and nor should it be.

You answered your own question in the topic.


aying that one person was the 'best of the best

If you need to say that someone is the "best of the best", then say exactly that.

Also, you used the example of friend, because it's where "bestest" is most commonly used. You've just become used to the term in that context.


I know it is not a word.  But, in my grammar driven head, saying 'bestest' in that case sounds okay because 'best' isn't really best (best as in....technically above all others).  And, for most people, there is no reason to think otherwise, imo.  Best just means something different in that case (not to be romantic or emotional or anything...).  Whatevs, obviously it has never happened to you.

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