Not Successful

“Aw, dude, that’s such a program fail!” I immediately turned to look at Mike, a tech-savvy computer science major who used to spend his days, dilly-dallying in my dorm and criticizing programming excerpts he would read on the Internet. “This expression fails at sense-making, lol.” Yes, he actually said ‘lol’. His elitist and borderline offensively pretentious nature would explode at any random time, and I would usually ignore his exclamations. However this time, I couldn’t get over his usage of the word ‘fail’. In recent times, the era of text messaging and grammatical butchery, many words have been chopped and skewered, molded and cropped to fit into our comfortable dialect of articulation. One of the most frequently diced words young people in this country have beaten like a dead horse is that word, ‘fail’. The word is far less utilized in its original form, a verb, more than likely caused directly by the cyber population defacing the English language. I am almost ashamed to be part of that group, but only almost.

Super Fail

When someone in this day and age hears the word ‘fail’ in public, they can count on someone successfully embarrassing themselves in public, or making even the slightest mistake that can be picked up by jeering friends. A ‘fail’ is synonymous with an error, a slip-up, mistake or any other mishap that almost always ends with the perpetrator of the aforementioned ‘fail’ on the receiving end of misfortune. The usage of the word had come from a fast-growing trend of telling someone they had failed to (verb) well. Soon after, people began to use that sentence structure, but had replaced the verb with a noun. For example: “You fail at baseball.” It was infectious. Almost immediately after, the verb was even further replaced by adjectives, in form of gerund/adjectives! For example, “You fail at pretty-ing.” (implying that this person is not successful at looking attractive). I call such words ‘geradjectunds’, or ‘word-fails’.

epic fail pictures

The Internet effectively created and boosted the usage of the word, and made it almost impossible not to use. Videos on You Tube began to appear with names like “Bike Fail” and “Grape Stomp Fail”, which was hysterical, just for the record. An over-flowing of videos being uploaded onto the web began to commence, with ‘fail’ videos popping up everywhere. Realizing the up-rising ‘fail’ movement, people realized it needed to be at the very least, a bit organized. From this, “Fail Blog” reigns king and unanimously recognized authority of all things embarrassing and painful on the Internet.

epic fail pictures

They have a You Tube channel, packed with a plethora of videos portraying news reporters, politicians, people on bikes, and even babies, all meeting their doom on camera. There are even some people dying in some videos with titles like “Life Fail”, though these are highly uncommon. Fail Blog tends to keep a non-lethal aura in their collections. Their home site has an entire photo gallery, organized by type of ‘fail’, loaded with pictures of people failing to do average, every-day things. One of the more popular ones is “Bike Seat Color Fail”, which shows a young lady sitting on a bike with a mini-skirt. Nothing explicit is portrayed, but the bike seat color is the same color as her skin tone. The girl’s relaxed position reveals only the front-end of the seat, which makes the entire scene just a bit suggestive.

epic fail pictures
The world around me has directly influenced even me to use the word in this way. Though I fully believe in proper usage of one of the most popular languages on earth next to Chinese, it just slips out sometimes. I have all kinds of Internet-loving comrades from all different backgrounds, and all different fields of study who use ‘fail’ in this unorthodox manner. I can’t help but to join in the fun. If ever a friend of mine should make a mistake in my presence, he is doomed to the relentless criticism of a discouraging ‘fail’ comment. Though I get plenty of outside influence from friends and classmates, I see it even in mainstream media! On a children’s network called “Cartoon Network”, they have these shorts before and after commercial breaks portraying staged ‘fail’ situations, like “Food Fail” and others. It seems that no one can escape the Internet community’s influence, whether directly exposed or not.

fail owned pwned pictures

On the other hand, we must all remember our own English bastardizations. Even how we all speak today has quite drastically transformed from what we now call “Old English”. All of those thee’s, thy’s and thou’s were just too much for us in the modern world. Even words like ‘beseech’ and ‘nought’, some of my favorite “Old English” words, have been replace with chopped and diced words like ‘search’ and ‘nothing’ respectively. If the ‘fail’ movement is to be called an abomination, what of our very own version of English we use today?

epic fail pictures
see more Epic Fails

Before ‘fail’ sold-out and got popular on the web, it was just a normal, average verb, used in moderation, as not to upset the person receiving it. But once the young people on the web got a hold of it, they never let go. I used to dread the word, seeing it on graded papers and hearing it in warnings, but now it has somewhat become a light-hearted tease word, bringing joy and happiness at the sight of one’s misfortunes. I guess if it makes people laugh, it’s socially acceptable these days… lol…

What do you think about this current craze? Voice your opinion in a comment!


One Response to “Not Successful”

  1. I am not going to be original this time, so all I am going to say that your blog rocks, sad that I don’t have suck a writing skills

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