When the failure of a product or service is discussed, people will say how “the market wasn’t there.”
When a company tries to launch something new and doesn’t succeed, they’ll say that it “didn’t do well with consumers.”
When a writer is unsuccessful, they’ll say he “failed to find an audience.”
These are all just variations of the same thing. They are euphemisms that grown-ups use for age-old playground judgements:
Creating fancy phrases derived from social correctness or business school lingo doesn’t make it hurt any less.
In fact, all of these smell of head-shaking and pity. “Poor soul,” they seem to say as the ice cubes clink in their glasses of scotch, “he just couldn’t rise to the occasion, didn’t have the right stuff.”