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AIBU to really hate the word 'cringe'

(6 Posts)
flightywoman Fri 28-Nov-14 12:36:51

I twitch like I'm wired to the mains whenever I see someone saying that another person's embarrassing behaviour makes them cringe.


It's wince or flinch. Not cringe. Cringe is being creepingly servile, like Uriah Heep. It's not feeling a bit uncomfortable because your colleague always has her cleavage on show.


songbird Fri 28-Nov-14 12:37:38

Ugh, yeah, makes me cringe!

Lomega Fri 28-Nov-14 12:39:03

Haha yanbu. Only because my ex used "cringe" all the fucking time to describe anything he didn't like.

Ex. That advert made me cringe. That person's voice makes me cringe.

Just NO. That advert was stupid, that person annoys you.

It also rhymes with 'minge' which makes me think of something different entirely grin

squoosh Fri 28-Nov-14 13:36:00


Watching someone make an idiot of themselves does cause me to physically cringe.

moxon Fri 28-Nov-14 13:54:27

I hate the tendency for MNetters to overuse the word 'livid'. Sometimes it seems as if every second post I come across starts 'AIBU to be absolutely livid about xyz?'.
Oh, how it irks.

DoJo Fri 28-Nov-14 14:07:19

YABU - it also means to experience embarrassment or disgust, so people using in that context are just as 'correct' as those using it to mean acting in a servile way.

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