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Words nearby epic fail
What else does epic fail mean?
When someone spectacularly messes up at something—especially little or simple things done or shared in public, like misspelling one’s own name on an official form or getting rejected for a kiss on the Jumbotron—people might joke about it as an epic fail.
How is epic fail pronounced?[ep-ic feyl]
Where does epic fail come from?
Epic fail may be due to an epic fail of translation. A 1998 Japanese video game, Blazing Star, used the humorously clumsy You fail it! as a Game Over message. Fail it was shortened to fail in internet slang, especially among gamers on websites like SomethingAwful and 4chan, and came to signal any failure, big or small.
Fail was entered on Urban Dictionary by 2003, with epic fail emerging on internet message boards in 2007. By 2009, the term had gone mainstream: That year, the popular TV medical drama House had an episode called “Epic Fail,” featuring a video-game creator who crowdsources his medical treatments.
Trend data shows epic fail peaking in the mid-2010s, when it was widely captioning image macros of funny mishaps or titling video compilations of people bungling various efforts—content especially curated by Failblog, which launched in 2008. Satisfying successes, meanwhile, came to be called epic wins.
How is epic fail used in real life?
Fail is used as a one-word retort for any blunder or embarrassment. For example, if you told a friend that you wore a stained T-shirt to a job interview, they might reply: Fail.
An epic fail is reserved for a particularly cringeworthy, bewildering, or hilarious mistake or accident—often when someone or something screws up at its most basic level of functioning. Tripping over one’s feet while walking is a fail, but tripping over one’s feet while using a walker is an epic fail.
More examples of epic fail:
“Attempt to demolish the Silverdome was an epic fail”
—Nick Cole, SEC Country (headline), December, 2017
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for epic fail
The Big Five banks dubbed too big to fail, are 35 percent bigger than they were when the meltdown was triggered.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton|Eleanor Clift|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Excerpted from Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen by Philip Dray.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Diets not only fail to make us thinner, they also fail to make us healthier in the long term.
Direct funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.
These banks…are a whole lot bigger now than they were when we bailed them out in 2008 because they were too big to fail.
It would make everyone careful, of course, but I fail to see any grievance in that.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Words fail to describe my feelings as I watched the clothes come off him and dry ones go on just as if hands were arranging them.Uncanny Tales|Various
Who among us would fail to believe what we have, perhaps, secretly wished for in our heart of hearts?The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
I knew you would, dear Mr Brammel—a gentleman of your discretion would not fail to do so.
If you did fail, you would try Exclusion, and you would find nothing which is the antithesis of the area of New York.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)