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fail

verb; zero derivation
An internet meme that summarizes any bad situation that is also humorous. (A meme is a unit of cultural information; in the case of an internet meme, it is spread through online blogs, chatting, websites, etc).
 
“Fail” is somewhat incorrectly applied in these online situations, since usually the person who “fails” was not attempting to do anything in the first place. This deviates from the original meaning of “fail,” which generally means being unsuccessful, such as in a goal or grade. Online, the word “fail” is usually attached to a humorous or embarrassing photograph. If the instance is especially hilarious or outrageous, the phrase “EPIC FAIL” is used to indicate the magnitude of the fail.
Etymology : Zero-derived from the original verb “fail,” which means to be unsuccessful at something
Source : First seen on Facebook bumper stickers, April 2008. One example: a horse poking its head into the window of a car and terrifying a child seated there.
Last modified: 5 December 2008


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