Talk:fail

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Noun[edit]

This might work as a citation for the noun. [1] Equinox 21:16, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

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Rfv-sense just added by an anon. = To be unskilled. Sounds bogus to me. -- WikiPedant 18:04, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

Deleted. Mglovesfun (talk) 20:51, 4 February 2010 (UTC)


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Etymology 2, as an interjection. Is this really a separate sense? A separate part of speech? A separate etymology? Lot's of words can be "shouted", but this does not make them interjections. (e.g. Bob!, Ice cream! or Spoon!) --EncycloPetey 17:11, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

This is very bad. I doubt the etymology (a little-known video game where it is used as a verb) and the "usage notes" that equate fail to failure are hardly saying anything about fail. Equinox 23:58, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
Bad behavior. Material was removed out of process. RfV tag was removed before this was resolved. I have inserted rfv sense at Ety 2 for the new material. This seems as fatuous as the first and may have same underlying authorship. DCDuring TALK 20:27, 12 July 2009 (UTC)
Clocked out. Both senses of Etymology 2. DCDuring TALK 18:29, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

Deleted unverified definitions. Mglovesfun (talk) 20:56, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

To be unskilled[edit]

Thinking about this, I think this is correct albeit very colloquial and probably hard to cite. Such as so and so "fails at soccer" (so and so is unskilled at soccer). If citable, it would need better wording. PS google books:"fails as soccer" gets no hits. Mglovesfun (talk) 22:39, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

Only idiots say this but it's quite widespread. Search for "you fail at life". Equinox 22:43, 8 May 2011 (UTC)
Wiktionary's job is to document the English language however it evolves, not to judge people as "idiots" or to enforce the Queen's English. If I knew this site's style formalities better, I would add to this article the definition "to be unskilled" as well as the interjection "fail!". Both are common in modern parlance. Even if these usages aren't written in anything published, you can't get far on the Web or in a conversation with young people without encountering them.66.225.187.128 15:39, 14 June 2011 (UTC)