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... to think that the (presumably) adults that use Mumsnet spend far too much tome cringing

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Rockbird Thu 14-May-20 10:17:26

Everything you can think of, from parking to parties, shopping to sausages, there are always posters that cringe. I think I've cringed about twice in my 48 years. What's the matter with you all?

Oh and when something does make you cringe, it's cringey or cringeworthy not bloody cringe. Cringe is what you do.

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BossAssBitch Thu 14-May-20 10:56:08

I'm cringing at the spelling mistake and lack of question mark in your title, when your second para condemns poor grammar grin

There is absolutely nothing incorrect about using the term 'cringe', it's a noun, an act of cringing.

VladmirsPoutine Thu 14-May-20 10:58:09

I think there's something very British about cringing. I do like a cringe - but far too many people let minor things affect them to the point even years later they'll remember the time someone had their flies undone whilst giving a presentation or something.

iVampire Thu 14-May-20 10:58:59

So what is some do?

OK, I share your dislike of the speech habit. But none of it’s serious

P1nkHeartLovesCake Thu 14-May-20 11:00:49

They are always cringing or fuming

Rockbird Thu 14-May-20 11:07:08

No of course it's not serious, but there is a lot of cringing grin. Alas they cringe like...

Oh thats so cringe.

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Rockbird Thu 14-May-20 11:08:29

And having said all this, DH came upstairs just as I posted the OP, with his arms shrunk into his shoulders with cringing over something he'd said to the dishwasher repair man grin

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NiteFlights Thu 14-May-20 11:08:43

I prefer a bit of cringing to calling people ‘vile’, which seems to happen a lot on here.

T0tallyFuckedUpFamily Thu 14-May-20 11:09:22

Oh I’m cringing for you, OP. Imagine making a post about people having a good old cringe. cringe blush


grin

T0tallyFuckedUpFamily Thu 14-May-20 11:10:41

And having said all this, DH came upstairs just as I posted the OP, with his arms shrunk into his shoulders with cringing over something he'd said to the dishwasher repair man

Now you’re going to have to tell us what he said, so we can judge wether it was cringe worthy.

ilovesooty Thu 14-May-20 11:11:54

I agree. Cringe is not an adjective.

Sparklingbrook Thu 14-May-20 11:15:50

I am always cringing reading stuff on here. When I am not eye rolling, tutting and thinking 'well that never happened'.

I cringe in RL too, maybe some people are more susceptible to it. Maybe there's a blood test for it?

grin

WillAshton Thu 14-May-20 11:24:03

I also agree that 'to cringe' is a verb and therfore denotes an action. Something can't be described as 'cringe', because it isn't an adjective.

@BossAssBitch There is quite a difference between using word classes incorrectly based on their functions and making a typographical error because 'i' and 'o' are side by side on a (likely touchscreen) keyboard.

NiteFlights Thu 14-May-20 11:26:03

Now you’re going to have to tell us what he said, so we can judge whether it was cringe worthy.

Yes, you must!

Fluffybutter Thu 14-May-20 11:29:15

I ‘cringe’ every day !
I’ll seize up if I don’t find at least one ‘cringeworthy thing every 24 hours but that’s not happened yet!

Emlou07 Thu 14-May-20 11:29:20

If you're going to attack people, at least make sure you have spelt everything correctly! grin

TooTrueToBeGood Thu 14-May-20 11:30:28

I think you mean whinge, as in their whinging is making you cringe.

BarbaraofSeville Thu 14-May-20 11:32:33

I was surprised at the almost universal cringing on the thread about people having a sing a long in the queue to get into Tesco.

I thought it sounded like fun and a nice way to break up the monotony, but almost everyone who commented were turning themselves inside out due to how cringeworthy they thought it was.

T0tallyFuckedUpFamily Thu 14-May-20 11:36:13

people having a sing a long in the queue to get into Tesco.

Oh lord! Cringing, mortified and scundered to the point of turning inside out. blush

Mucklowe Thu 14-May-20 11:36:58

Ohgod I'm always cringing. People do/say/write such toe-curling stuff.

Sparklingbrook Thu 14-May-20 11:39:10

Don't people cringe watching things on TV?

Especially flash mobs and practical jokes.

T0tallyFuckedUpFamily Thu 14-May-20 11:44:51

practical jokes I need to leave this thread now, as I’m finding all these examples are triggering.

goes off chuckling at thought of the word ‘triggering’ possibly making posters cringe grin

Sparklingbrook Thu 14-May-20 11:48:43

Remember 'Beadle's About'? I challenge anyone to watch that and not eat their own cardigan sleeve with cringe.

T0tallyFuckedUpFamily Thu 14-May-20 11:51:14

Oh my Ghia, that program was the stuff of nightmares.

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Thu 14-May-20 11:54:17

Surely saying something "is cringe" is just shorthand for saying something "is cringeworthy"?

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