Thoughts about the English Language #1

Posted: July 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Here’s a word which seems to have been given a new lease of life:


“Fail” usually means a bad thing, for example, when you fail a test.

Now, it seems to be used when someone or something fails in life, for example, “That stunt attempt was a fail”, or “[insert celebrity]’s dress at the Cannes film festival? Fail”.

It makes me wonder: if something bad is a “fail”, why didn’t “pass” get used for a good thing? A “pass” seems to just be something you ignore, for example: “I think I’ll pass on the work party tonight”, or it just means “I don’t know”.

  1. Maggie says:

    It’s also interesting how “fail” became a noun when it used to be just a verb. I guess “failure” is too much to say. 🙂

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