19 May 2010
Fanboys updateSubmitted by Karl Hagen
Ben Zimmer, the "On Language" columnist for the New York Times, has a new Word Routes column on the grammatical acronym FANBOYS, updating the record a bit from my post last year.
Although talent may be a crucial element on the road to fame, it is difficult to succeed without a highly developed work ethic.
We can tell that "fail" has become an adjective because it can be preceded by the quantifying adverb so, as in "I'm so fail." [Cf. I'm so happy (adj.), but *I'm so student (n.)].