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FAQ Slate: Why is everyone saying "fail" all of a sudden?

Jalapeno Boo-
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Avatar: 44 2012-11-06 12:31:55 -0500

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http://www.slate.com/id/2202262/

From the article:

“Most Internet memes have the lifespan of fruit flies. But there’s evidence to suggest fail is here to stay. For one thing, it’s easier to say than failure. (Need for brevity might explain why, in Webspeak, the opposite of fail is not success but win.) And there’s a proud tradition in English of chopping off the endings of words for convenience. Between Old and Middle English, many nouns stopped being declined, says Anatoly Liberman, an etymologist at the University of Minnesota. Likewise, while Romance languages still conjugate their verbs, English keeps it relatively simple: I speak, you speak, we speak, etc. It’s also common for verbs to become nouns, Liberman points out. You can lock a door, but it also has a lock. You can bike, but you can also own a bike. There was great fuss a century ago among readers of the British magazine Notes and Queries when it used the word meet to refer to a sporting event. It’s not surprising that failure would eventually spawn fail.”

Wylin

Avatar: 19712 Thu Mar 26 21:15:20 -0400 2009
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tl;dr?

Jalapeno Bootyhole Posted:

It’s not surprising that failure would eventually spawn fail.”

TUBSWEETIE

Avatar: 3450 2011-07-31 00:45:06 -0400
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People are saying FAIL here because the character went away Log in to see images!


That’s an interesting article, though. I sure hope internet words don’t travel into real life too much more. But you know they will.

It’ll be a sad day when it’s common for everyone to speak in internet-speak in daily conversation.


“Oh nuts i got 4/80 on this test”

“OH EM GEE, FAAAIILLLLLL bahahah el my eff oh!”

“stuhfoo, next time i’ll lrn 2 study.”

TUBSWEETIE edited this message on 10/17/2008 5:12PM

BirdofPrey

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TUBSWEETIE Posted:

People are saying FAIL here because the character went away Log in to see images!


That’s an interesting article, though. I sure hope internet words don’t travel into real life too much more. But you know they will.

It’ll be a sad day when it’s common for everyone to speak in internet-speak in daily conversation.


“Oh nuts i got 4/80 on this test”

“OH EM GEE, FAAAIILLLLLL bahahah el my eff oh!”

“stuhfoo, next time i’ll lrn 2 study.”

that’ll never happen. also the internet is the future, embrace it

AIDZ

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TUBSWEETIE Posted:


“Oh nuts i got 4/80 on this test”

“OH EM GEE, FAAAIILLLLLL bahahah el my eff oh!”

“stuhfoo, next time i’ll lrn 2 study.”

...u guys don’t talk like this IRL?

OMG what has mai life become…

(strange grammatical question: why is it you decided to make OMG phonetic but only partially do so on LMFO? or did you just misspell “em”?)

(edited for typo’s)

AIDZ edited this message on 10/17/2008 5:21PM

MC Banhammer

Avatar: 1887 2011-07-31 00:40:59 -0400
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BirdofPrey Posted:

that’ll never happen. also the internet is the future, embrace it

I thought texting was the future? Near as I can tell I won’t be able to talk to my kids in a few years unless I learn how to not use vowels and spell exceptionally phonetically.

Also, re: the subject of this topic? Have you browsed through Full of Won lately? Fail deserves to be said all the time.

Nicco

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op is win Log in to see images!

BritishSeven-
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Avatar: 13869 2012-10-13 16:34:26 -0400
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FAIL.

Invariel

Avatar: 14446 Thu Oct 23 18:38:00 -0400 2008
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Informative: +2

Topical: +2

Good find, BFF.

Invariel edited this message on 11/18/2008 6:02PM

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Epic is also being said far too much. Everything is going to be so ****ing epic . . .Log in to see images!

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