In our daily lives, we all have heard lots of times that someone is having a feel of "cringe" or someone is creating "cringe", but what does this word cringe mean, and how many types does cringe have? In this topic, we are going to focus on these points.
Origin of cringe
The word cringe is taken from the old English word "cringan," which means give away or bend or fall in battle. At the start, cringe was just used as the term for 'terror,' but with time it was being used in many ways and means. The cringe word was originated in the 15th century.
Meaning of cringe
The word cringe may have the following meanings;
i) A feeling of embarrassment or uncomforting situation about something. For example,
ii) It may also refer to moving back or away from someone because of fear. For example,
iii) To seek support by acting in an abject way. For example,
iv) To illustrate contraction of one's muscles unwillingly. For example,
v) To bend back, crawl, crouch, etc. For example,
Other ways to use the word cringe
Cultural cringe: When someone feels substandard about their caste or country in comparison to another country. It is known as cultural cringe. It firstly came in the limelight in Australia by authors and then followed by other countries too.
Cringe comedy: It is a special kind of comedy genre that mainly focuses on society's awkward situations or events. Most of the time, this type of comedy artist tries to showcase some serious issues or messages funnily or sarcastically. Still, sometimes it actually creates a non-funny or awkward environment. This genre is one of the most popular and used genres of comedy. Some of the examples of cringe comedy are given below;
More about cringe
Furthermore, there are various famous names with the word cringe some of which are listed below;
The cringe: It is a popular music band of New York City. It has John Cusimano, James Rotondi, Jonny Blaze, and Shawn Pelton as group members.
Cringe pop: Cringe pop is the pop music genre created to be intentionally (or accidentally) cringing. Few songs with this genre are-