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What's the biggest writing fail in your writing?

Essayist /  
Aug 26, 2009   #1
Just want to talk slightly offtopic...

Please tell what's you biggest writing fail in your life?
Maybe some mistype or f-word in a Shakespeare essay, or something...
Notoman 20 / 419  
Aug 26, 2009   #2
This is your first post? Are you gathering stories to publish on a Fail blog? If I tell you about the time that I used the word semen in an English essay and so offended the teacher that she asked the dean to switch me to a different teacher, is it going to come back to haunt me? (Actually, semen was very appropriate in the context of the essay and the dean agreed, but the teaser is more intriguing than the actual story).
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Aug 26, 2009   #3
This does sort of raise the question of why you want this information. It could be a very interesting thread, though, if you can convince people that their posts won't find their way onto other sites.
Llamapoop123 7 / 442  
Aug 26, 2009   #4
Isn't there a forum rule which states that material from other sites should not be copy and pasted onto this one?
EF_Simone 2 / 1,986  
Aug 26, 2009   #5
Don't you mean "worst error"? One's biggest failing would be one's most common problem or error rather than an egregious one-time mistake.

Either meaning would make an interesting thread.
Notoman 20 / 419  
Aug 27, 2009   #6
Don't you mean "worst error"?

Fail is slang. When you do something stupid, you fail. When you hurt yourself, you fail. In teenage vernacular, it is a way to rudely point out others' less-than perfect moments. Yelling "You fail!" or "Epic fail!" is a cruel way of bringing attention to someone's misfortune. When I think about it, "fail," as used by teens, is more of an interjection (kind of like WTF, OMG, epic, or woot).

So ... the grammar isn't the best in the original post making the meaning unclear, but I believe that the author is using "fail" in the slang. I still can't figure out what the author is after though. Why this as a first post?
EF_Simone 2 / 1,986  
Aug 27, 2009   #7
Oh, duh -- I just read about that slang usage of fail. I ought to have recognized it in practice.
Notoman 20 / 419  
Aug 27, 2009   #8
No worries, Simone. If you went around saying, "This sentence is a comma splice. Fail!" you wouldn't have the same esteem in my eyes. It originated with the on-line gaming community. I don't see you playing on-line games (okay, I can see you playing on-line Scrabble, but I would doubt if those players would use fail in the same way).
OP Essayist /  
Aug 27, 2009   #9
I did it for lulz.

Just want to read some funny stories like the story about semen.

Promise I won't repost...
thegerman 4 / 15  
Aug 27, 2009   #10
ohps didnt know that...
didnt think it was that big of a deal but okay
louiedasilva 2 / 4  
Aug 28, 2009   #11
One of my worst fails was when my class was prompted to write in first person about our summer (this was 5th grade remind you) and I thought first person meant using words as if you were talking... ohhh yeeaauh. "So then we went to the store and stuff and I was like ohmahgod look at that, isn't that like mad cool and stuff... for real check that stuff out like oh yeah".

I know it sounds like a youth mistake but I was so embarrassed when she read it in from of the class.
bestjery 2 / 4 1  
Aug 4, 2016   #13
I think lots of people will find grammar and vocabulary are hard to deal with. You may need to learn more vocabulary and use it properly,and that would me a long process to learn. As some people mentioned above,reading have more beneficial.
akbartaufiq25 7 / 81 54  
Aug 4, 2016   #14
Almost similar to other people, dealing with grammars, mother-tongue intervention, and of course, my mood, are several writing problems I am facing. Sometimes, the rules of punctuation make me confuse a little bit. Composing an essay with mixed structure and lots of sophisticated words is quite intricate as well, especially if you are asked to write under time limits.

But I think all of the above issues are not the obstacle for us to write. We made a mistake and we can learn something from it. This encourages me to get closer to the world of writing, for instance, joining the EssayForum.
Hiddengrace 6 / 118 68  
Aug 6, 2016   #15
I see this thread was brought back. Sweet.

The f-bomb. Well, the only time I've ever used that was in poetry and it was always well received by my professors.
My general writing failure is being overly, extremely, exceedingly, and remarkably verbose. Yup, I'm, super wordy.

Once, in class, my professor had us add punctuation marks to this: "Woman without her man is nothing." Well, none of the other females in the class liked me when I made it "Woman, without her man, is nothing" All the females translated it to "Woman: without her, man is nothing." It was a great lesson on the effect of punctuation.
zul2805_es 7 / 18  
Sep 16, 2016   #16
Hi fellas, I've been learning English writing for a year in order to achieve good IELTS score. Over the time, I've several barriers in writing such as building the idea and misspelled the words. Yet, my biggest problem is bad handwriting.

I had taken IELTS before, I got 5.5 in my Writing section. My friend told me it could be caused by my handwriting that made the examiner hard to understand.

I still endeavor my handwriting so that the examiner could easily understand my essay.
Fitri12 28 / 53 6  
Sep 16, 2016   #17
Writing scientificly or academically is my weakness. Especially when it comes to opening sentences and the flow of each paragraph as well.

Thank u. I'm looking forward to hearing from you too.
dils 20 / 33 2  
Oct 28, 2016   #18
Hi essayist,

Related to this topic, for me it is about writing passage in which didn't relevant with the topic or writing an essay that didn't answer the task respond. Personally, I also take into account that generally, the academic writing is one of difficult writing model to figure out.

In addition, there are several mistakes that I happen concern with writing, such as subject-verb agreement or event misspelled.

Best regard
priyu323 1 / 6  
Feb 3, 2018   #19
Hello @Essayist,

While I'm writing most of the time I write wrong words.
Every time I write mail I write incorrectly. So to overcome this problem I used Grammarly now a days, Its really helpful for me and it is easy to use.
bmmbae 1 / 1  
Feb 5, 2018   #20
For me it will always be grammar, all the rules become mash potatoes once I have to apply them.
Thi Nguyen 1 / 2  
May 12, 2021   #21
Somtimes I write too much without linking ideas, sometimes I lack of idea to write 250 words
Normie 3 / 12 1  
May 21, 2021   #22
All my essays have these problems. Dunno whether I could solve them soon.
- I write too much or too little.
- My ideas are total chaos and don't resonate.
- My style is too narcisstic and not serious enough.
- Grammar errors, oh boy don't even start to imagine it lol.
vgngocanh 1 / 2  
Aug 17, 2021   #23
I often lack of ideas and I struggle with the format of the writing essay, bc there are many types of essays to learn.
hahalolo 1 / 5  
Aug 20, 2021   #24
I can not come up with difficult and complex grammar structures as well as vocabulary whenever I'm writing. Thus, my writing always look simple and directly affect to the evaluation.
Oct 24, 2021   #25
I wrote an essay with full of fragments and run-on sentences. Until now, it was hard for me to find whether what I write is grammatical or not.

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