I'm tackling the topic of "cringe" for my senior design thesis, and arguing that we should embrace the cringeworthy moments/memories rather than push them away from us. After all, we're always going to look back at ourselves at one point and cringe, so what's the point in distancing those memories? To some degree, they've made us who they are. I also hate cringe culture, so there's that.
Anyways, I've been on this site since 2005 when I was 9 years old, meaning I have definitely done/said some things that make me cringe. I used to be such an edgy troll on some forums, which I now realize is super lame, haha. I also used to draw a lot of awful-looking anime. I found one of the comics I made years ago where I tried to write in Japanese. Of course, I had no concept of how their alphabet worked, so I assumed it all corresponded to the English alphabet. So it's just a bunch of katakana gibberish, basically. Not to mention that the comic looked really bad. Though, if I hadn't gotten this out of my system, I might not have gone into art/design as a profession.
So I'm interested in hearing about everyone's cringy memories, be it angsty poetry, Christopher Hart-inspired anime, AMVs, internet behavior, etc. What'd you guys do?
"Fool me once, strike one.
Fool me twice.. strike three." - Michael Scott
In early high school I spit a big gob of phlegm out the bus window and hit a man's hat brim. He yelled at the bus driver, who stopped the bus to investigate. Some goody-two-shoes girl up front ratted me out and I was kicked off the bus. Had to walk about 10 miles home. Boy, did I ever cringe at that!
Anyways, I did too many things to name. Like, I would make up songs about random things, then sing them out loud in school and in public. Like I made up a song about having a tummy ache, and I'd sing it whenever I did. Or I'd take songs on the radio and change their lyrics. Like if my brother was playing a video game, I'd sing "It's my turn, my turn, my turn!" to the tune of "My Girl" by The Temptations.
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Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense cringes , present participle cringing , past tense, past participle cringed verb If you cringe at something, you feel embarrassed or disgusted, and perhaps show this feeling in your expression or by making a slight movement. [/i]
Ard; However disgusting it was, it was also cringeworthy!
Bad grammar during my first year here which I struggle to look back on now. Also, me nearly using a bad word as substitute for "Attack" in a fanfic I wrote due to not knowing the meaning of it (I thought it sounded cool because it was edgy without realizing how awful it was). My grandma rushed in the room so fast and made me change it and I'm so thankful she did to prevent me from doing something stupid.
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When I was in middle school, I used to wear a set of cat ear clips every day, including to school. My best friends and I came up with "anime nicknames" for ourselves (aka calling ourselves by the names of favorite characters who we related to) and would insist on calling each other by those. At recess we'd talk about our anime crushes. In class we'd draw really bad anime-style art or read manga. It was basically the only thing we talked about. We tried to learn Japanese on our own/from anime, and would randomly use it in conversations with each other because we thought it was cool. There was also in 5th grade when I thought I was really cool for being completely and utterly OBSESSED with Tamagotchi. Yeah... my family says they didn't tell me how cringey I was being because I was enjoying myself and there's nothing wrong with that, but I wonder to this day if I would've had more friends and more social skills had somebody said something.
Back to middle school, I also used to write really terrible self-insert fanfiction pairing myself with my anime crushes. Made even more cringe-worthy when I look back on them by the fact that I refused to age myself up in them older than 16 (which I guess is basically an adult to a 12 year old?!), and some of my crushes were adult characters! But I never posted them anywhere. Now, I embrace even my worst writing as having been writing practice, though.