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Fav or fave? As in favourite/favorite.

I can't seem to find anything definitive. What is the correct spelling of this slang term: 'fav/favs' or 'fave/faves?' Phonetically, I would think it would be 'fave/faves.'

Anyone know for sure?

Sorry if this post is inappropriate.

Edit: *hangs head in shame* I'm a bit dense. I don't know why I didn't think of this before hand. Not knowing the correct spelling has been bothering me for months. :P Anyway, I went to Dictionary.com. 'Fav' is not listed as a word, but 'fave' is listed as the slang term for favourite.

Problem solved. Thank you all!


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Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Is there even a correct way? I'd go with "fave," because "fav" in a sentence just looks incomplete to me, but there's probably no official consensus.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
I don't know, but I'm hoping there is a correct way.

...there's probably no official consensus.

The grammar freak in me doesn't like that answer. :P I wish I could find a Grammar Girl article.

Edited at 2010-03-02 01:40 am (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
I'm a bit dense. :P I just looked them both up on Dictionary.com. 'Fave' is the correct spelling. :P
Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
"Fav" would give it a short "a" sound, where as "fave" would give it a long "a" sound, so "fave" it is.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
That was my thinking, too.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
I always thought it was favefaves but when I started coming on the net, I saw everyone write it as fav/favs.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Me, too. That's why I was so confused.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
I'd normally say "fave," as in, "this is my fave book!" But I know that on Deviantart.com (art/social networking site) you can "favourite" something--add it to a folder of your favorite artwork by others, and the artist will be notified you've done so. Over there, that kind is shortened to "fav," as in, "Thanks for the fav on 'Blue Painting.'"
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Ya know, given time, I'd suspect both will end up acceptable. Only because we seem to modify our language constantly. What's wrong today, could be perfectly acceptable given time.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Since it's a slang term, and both usages are recognizable and fairly ubiquitous, either would be legitimate. There isn't really a right or wrong iteration of slang... that's sort of why it's slang. (Yes, I am a linguist. How can you tell?)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Cool. Thanks!
Nov. 5th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Thank You!
Thanks for this. It was bugging me. It's funny how when I feel like I have the most obscure questions (to the point in which I feel like no one else in the world cares about), I'm glad Googling points me to yahoo answers-slash-random message boards like this one. Just reading all the comments had me laughing out loud because I'm witnessing (fellow) grammar sticklers conversing. Thanks, again! =)
Nov. 6th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: Thank You!
LOL Glad I could 'help.' :D
Jul. 6th, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
Interesting comments! Yes, I'l go with "fave" i'v always spelled it fave, but i've seen people spelling it "fav" so i have been second guessing myself on d correct way to spell the short form of "favorite" thanks for unconfusing me..LoL!
Jul. 7th, 2015 06:09 am (UTC)
I think it was a group effort, but I'm glad we could help. :D
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