A regular word that became an overused meme
- Date Discovered: 01/1998
- Discovered On: Japan
Previously a verb, meaning "to lose strength or weaken", 'fail' began its descent into madness and misuse sometime in 2008. Rather than being used in proper English as a verb (i.e. "This thread has failed."), the word came to be used as a noun (i.e. "This thread is fail.").
The meme (YOU FAIL IT) originates from the arcade game Blazing Star's wonderfully terrible Japanese-to-English translations. If you beat a level, the screen flashes with the words: "You beat it! Your skill is great!" If you lose, you are mocked: "You fail it! Your skill is not enough! See you next time! Bye bye!"
Dead as over 9000. Now overused by old media, middle-aged bloggers, and Facebook people.
- Possibly the most overused meme ever.
Ru Paul presidential poster, parody of Obama and Ron Paul advertisement. SOURCE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmccorm/2186017036/