I am wondering if the word "the worstest" exists in English? It seems like people sometimes use it.I have never found it in my English grammar book.

I am trying to find if it is a common mistake or a new word that gonna take part in English language someday.

  • Can you give us an example with a source? – Eddie Kal Dec 5 '18 at 16:12
  • Well I just sow some people use it on facebook (I know it mean nothing), and searching the word I found this reference – Kostyuk Rostyslav Dec 5 '18 at 16:34
  • Native speakers sometimes intentionally use bad grammar as a form of humour. – Ross Murray Dec 5 '18 at 16:34

Yes it is used, probably as an informal way to stress the meaning they want to suggest, but it is not grammatical.

Google Books: worstest

Wiktionary defines its usage as nonstandard:

Worstest: (nonstandard) worst, and provides a very old usage example:

1847, Thomas Preskett Prest, Varney the vampire; or, The feast of blood. 1 - Of all the blessed insults rolled into one, this here's the worstest.

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  • I remember in school quoting worzel gummage about his "bestest" head. I got a huge red mark. – WendyG Dec 5 '18 at 16:47
  • I would add it usually to show uneducation in the speaker, Worsel being an excellent example, I know my kids do/did it a lot until they somehow learn which words you can add 'est' to and which you can't. – WendyG Dec 5 '18 at 16:49

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