Notes from The Heart House

Brainy single-payer blog testing the waters on business, media, art and culture with the occasional critical theory slant.

The Origin of FAIL

I’m pretty sure I came across the origin of FAIL this weekend. Yesterday I was helping a woman with her early 2000’s T-Mobile/Nokia Go-Phone, and when a mistakenly half-dialed number was attempted, “FAIL” shot back at me on the screen. Ouch. I felt it. A machine just gave me the smackdown!

Coincidentally, the NY Times printed this article over the weekend: “How Fail Went From Verb to Interjection.” It’s a nice tally on how the usage spread. Anyone else have any theories on the actual origin?


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Stella Tran graduated in the Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Grinnell College and developed her professional experience in knowledge discovery and new media technology at Yahoo! Inc. (Read more.)
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