Fail as an adjective

Lynne Murphy m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK
Fri Jul 10 09:12:03 UTC 2009

Or is it that 'so' has become an all-purpose intensifier that goes with
nouns as well as adjectives?  See this song lyric, which popped up when I
searched "I'm so loser":



--On 09 July 2009 07:15 -0700 Karl Hagen <karl at POLYSYLLABIC.COM> wrote:

> I've seen the discussion of nominalized "fail", but it's also being used
> as a predicate adjective, as I discovered yesterday when I overheard a
> teenager saying to his friends "I'm so fail".
> This construction gets more than a few g-hits. Brief commentary here:

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