n. An adult son who is under- or unemployed and lives with his parents, particularly one who has no goal other than to spend the day playing video games and watching porn.
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The primary effect of nepotistic hiring practices isn’t necessarily that a herd of unqualified failsons get jobs coaching the tight ends or “consulting” on the defense, it’s that a pedigreed group of people related to prominent coaches have the barriers to entry lowered almost completely for them.
—Patrick Redford, “The FAU Offensive Coordinator Job Explains College Football's Nepotism Problem,” Deadspin, January 17, 2018
To all the faildaughters and failsons out there who've ever felt like their lives were hecked up forever, Night in the Woods has got your back.
—Robert Fenner, “Night in the Woods,” RPGFan, March 05, 2017
Christman saw a political lesson in the show’s fan base. “The twenty-first century is basically defined by nonessential human beings, who do not fit into the market as consumers or producers or as laborers,” he said. “That manifests itself differently in different classes and geographic areas. For white, middle-class, male, useless people—who have just enough family context to not be crushed by poverty—they become failsons.
—Jia Tolentino, “What Will Become of the Dirtbag Left?,” The New Yorker, November 18, 2016
Welcome to the Failson hangout. This is the thread for Failsons. We are disappointments to our families, burdens on societies, and NOT jealous of our older sibling's nice houses and luxury automobiles. We have our computers, and frankly, that is enough!
—Haoma, “Calling all Failsons, Calling all Failsons,” Something Awful, November 20, 2012
2009 (earliest)
Failson Piquet, not to be confused with his dad Nelson
—R.J. O'Connell, “Failson Piquet, not…,” Twitter, March 29, 2009