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On “epic” and “fail” and the English language.

via The Best Page in the Universe

Oh no! 4chan slang has permeated the zeitgeist. Whatever shall we do?

Despite what you may have thought from this post’s title and my utterly sexy command of the syntax and mechanics of the English language, I am writing today to defend the use of these fail-chan spawned, meme-generating words.

Indeed, I am guilty of slipping out an “epic” or a “fail” in my real life speech–evidence that the semantics of these units of language have transgressed their e-print abode, and 4chan deserves a note in the OED.

What makes me not an asshole is that I don’t deign to believe that my usage of these words is witty or original. It’s when you start posting terrible one-liners on forums using these bastardizations of the English language like you’re the funniest person in the world that you become that person no one likes.

People also don’t like anal-retentive nitpickers. Fail Blog is popular for a reason. Get over it, you English elitists.

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