"take fun of" is actually english?
Thread poster: edo777

Local time: 08:47
Italian to English
Sep 26, 2008

Dear all,

another doubt,
is there an english meaning for

"to take fun of ..."
I generally use this expression to express that you are enjoying the situation ... but I do not know whether it is correct or not.

"to make fun of somebody"
instead has the meaning of joking on somebody, and I generally attribute to this a "childish", non serious behaviour.



PRen (X)
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no Sep 26, 2008

It's not "English"


Local time: 01:47
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Try Kudoz English to English next time Sep 26, 2008

You might mean "To be amused by..."


Annie Bode
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Or another version . . . Sep 26, 2008

"take delight in" . .


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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And others Sep 26, 2008

To take the mickey
To take the p*ss (out of someone)
But not to take fun.


Satu Ilva  Identity Verified
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Jack said it Sep 26, 2008

I was just about to reply with what Jack said. And it means making fun of someone.


Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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This is the correct answer for your intended meaning Sep 26, 2008

Annie Bode wrote:

"take delight in" . .


Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Having fun (+ing part of the verb) Sep 27, 2008

I would have thought the above was probably what you wanted, as in

"I'm having a lot of fun in my woodworking classes"
"Have fun skiing!"
"We had great fun at the beach today"


LP Schumacher  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:47
German to English
"to get fun out of (something)" Sep 27, 2008

...maybe this is what you were aiming for.

I would be more inclined to use this term--certainly when speaking--rather than "to take delight in." Could be a matter of register, but I have also seen this expression used in the press.


Shaun Baggott  Identity Verified
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not english Sep 27, 2008

There is no expression "to take fun of" in English.
You could say, "to enjoy (VERBing)": for example, "I enjoy skiing."
You could also say, "I like (VERBing), with the same effect.
Also, "I love skiing" would mean about the same, with a very slight bit more emotional involvement.
"Delight" is rather stilted and outdated in modern speech, at least in US usage.

"To make fun of someone" means to belittle someone or to have a laugh at someone else's expense. For example, if I tell a joke about a particular person's big nose, I am making fun of that person. Unfortunately, this can be done by anyone at any age.


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