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This week's theme: eponyms.
Cringeworthy (KRINJ-wur-thee) adjective
Causing extreme embarrassment.
[From Old English cringan (to yield or shrink). So someone cringeworthy makes you feeling crinkled, etymologically speaking.]
The term was popularized by Cuthbert Cringeworthy, a character in the British comic strip The Bash Street Kids. Cuthbert is the brightest kid in the class, a bespectacled, hard-working Brit (I thought that was Harry Potter).
Wait, Cuthbert is also bossy and rude. He is a teacher's pet and looks exactly like him. No one wants to be seen with him. Clearly, Cringeworthy is a charactonym, a name that suggests personality traits of a character.
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"Not that there was much cringeworthy in the Tiger Bay forum; everyone behaved nicely and stayed on message incessantly." David Warner; Matters of Primary Importance and Signs of Change; Weekly Planet (Tampa, Florida); Aug 25, 2004.
If only I could so live and so serve the world that after me there should never again be birds in cages. -Isak Dinesen (pen name of Karen Blixen), author (1885-1962)
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