Yeah, makes lots of sense, by the way, I found these two sites. Which corroborates your comment.
The traditional rule (there are, of course, exceptions) regarding when to use ‘er’ or ‘est’ and when to use ‘more’ or ‘most’ is this:
If the word is one syllable, use the ‘er’ or ‘est’ endings, and if more than one syllable, use ‘more’ or ‘most.’
But, that rule is bogus. Trust your ear and go with that. It seems to me that for many one syllable words, the ‘more’ and ‘most’ usage sounds just as good as (sometimes, better than) the ‘er’ and ‘est’ usage.
And through this, I managed to make it WORSE! Yes, as Austin and Connor yelled back and forth, Austin said “you’re ruder”… now a sane person would let this grammatical error go, but oh no, not me, I felt the need to correct him! So I said, “Austin, you should say more rude, not ruder, but regardless, STOP FIGHTING with Connor”.
Does the fighting stop, NO. Now I have Connor screaming “you’re rude”, Austin screaming “you’re more rude” and Ben chiming in… “regardless”… just that word, intermixed with the bickering! I felt like slamming my head into my steering wheel, but with my luck I’d set off the airbag. Can you see me trying to explain THAT to the insurance company?
Indeed it seems that playing by ear, is the name of the game on that one.
Thanks for sharing.