Hello Everyone, Grammar Nazi here to give you a quick lesson on Superlative Adjectives. An adjective is a word that describes a noun (person, place or thing) and the superlative form is the most extreme form of the adjective that you can find. Most superlative adjectives end in -est, if the root word has one syllable or if it is a two syllable word ending in -y. For example: big – biggest, pretty – prettiest. With root words of two or more syllables, you add “most” to make the superlative. For example: intelligent – most intelligent. Two major exceptions are the words good – the best, and bad – the worst. Remember,
Good, Better, Best.
Never let it rest,
’till your good is better and your better is the best!
Now aren’t you all glad you stayed in school, kids?
I don’t know if anyone has ever described me using superlatives. And I’m not a competitive person, so I have never actively striven for superlative status. In order to find a superlative that suits me, I would have to reduce my field of comparison considerably because there will always be someone out there who is better than me. Records are broken all the time! The superlative is a slippery fish to hold on to.
So just for the fun of it, I am going to compare myself to other family members. But I am not the funniest in my family. That trophy would have to be shared by my Uncle Russell and my sister Aimee. Both of them can cause my laughter to dissolve into tears when they get wound up. Neither am I the most educated in my family, that would go to my Dad who is just months away from receiving his doctorate in the ancient Greek manuscripts of the Gospel of John. Which reminds me that even through I am bilingual, I am also not the most linguistic in the family. My Dad knows ancient Greek and Hebrew, a pretty good chunk of Latin, can hold his own in Spanish, and muddle along a bit in German… but don’t ask him to pass the butter, because he will probably forget the word in his mother-tongue, English. (That’s a family joke.) I am, in my opinion, not the prettiest in my family. That honor would go to my Mother who is still often confused for my sister when we go shopping together. She also has the prettiest teeth I’ve ever seen, movies stars pay big money for teeth like hers… and she’s never had braces! (Why couldn’t I get her genes??) And finally, I’m not the most athletic nor the most coordinated. My athlete husband just laughs at my clumsiness. (Wait! I might be the clumsiest in my family!)
So even though I will never be the superlative of anything, I compete against myself, in a way, and try to improve what I do have going for me. I try to become better and better and what I do and who I am as a person. I am constantly practicing to improve character flaws that I detect. I am forever working on strengthening my weaknesses. I fight the good fight and press on for bigger and better things on a personal level and spiritual level. Though it’s likely that no one will ever describe me using superlatives, I am striving to be the best ME that I can be. And that’s all anyone can ask of each of us.
“Flee from all sin, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…” 1 Timothy 6:11-12