"full of win"

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Sun May 31 02:47:14 UTC 2009

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From: "Arnold Zwicky" <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
Sent: Saturday, May 30, 2009 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: "full of win"

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> On May 30, 2009, at 7:27 AM, Scot LaFaive wrote:
>> I came across this and thought it worth noting. Apparently it began
>> as a
>> gamer term but has since moved abroad.
>> "But did you see the Ultimate Comics Avengers #1 Cover? Full of win."
>> https://roosterteeth.com/forum/viewTopic.php?id=1833482&page=653
> from
>   The Buzzwords of 2008
>   NYT Week in Review 12/21/08:
> Largely used online, this is a verb turned into a mass noun, as in "A
> bucket of fail." Common forms include _epic fail_, meaning a huge
> overall tendency toward failure or a great example of failure, and
> FAIL! as an interjection or derogation. Often an antonym of win, seen
> online in forms like "Full of win!" which means, "It's good!"
I think it's a more general process of turning any part of speech into a
mass noun. I've heard it with an adjective, when someone told me earlier
this year that she'd met a celebrity and he was "completely made of
awesome." I also heard it with an interjection in the movie _Juno_, when the
title character emphatically rejects a pass someone makes at her, telling
him it's "a great big bag of No!"

Neal Whitman
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