Cringeworthy Words


#41

I actually kind of like smirk. I think it all comes down to how you employ it. My smirking characters are usually doing it to tease others.

I was guilty of this as a teen writing fanfics and have been doing my very best to eliminate all traces of it in my writing ever since.

Senpai basically refers to anyone with more experience in a certain domain that yourself. Be it your colleague who’s been at the office longer than yourself or an upperclassman in school/college. It’s not necessarily a term of endearment more like an honorific? You also wouldn’t call a master or teacher senpai.

I find purred very fitting to describe annoying and/or clingy characters.

As someone who’s nostrils flare when I get angry or flutter when I laugh, can’t say I find it very disturbing. I am a bit self-conscious about it so seeing it happen to others - even fictional characters - makes me feel a tiny bit better?


#42

It’s not a a single word but “released a breath they didn’t know they’d been holding” can get really annoying when used too often…


#43

Ah, when the same word gets used over and over again… Gotta love it.


#44

I’m starting to feel attacked :joy::rofl::sob:


#45

I take it you’re guilty of a few of these?


#46

More than a few now! Oopsie!


#47

Oh well. Can’t win ‘em all.


#48

At least you’re not guilty of ‘cooed’.


#49

Haha I don’t believe so, but I’m halfway through my second book and all of the details have started blurring in my head now, so who knows? :joy:

I thought of another one I have! Describing everything as delicious… but not talking about taste. “His delicious movement”, “the delicious feeling”, etc. I’ve only seen this once, but it was so often, it became distracting.


#50

cringeworthy


#51

From those series, Sarah J Mass uses a sentence “Softly, but not weakly” and I just hate it.


#52

I hate giggling, I rather someone say laughing but something about giggling really annoys me.


#53

“Porcelain” as a description of complexion. Look, I appreciate porcelain in the context of toilets (very easy to clean!), but can we maybe stop fetishizing paleness everywhere?


#54

Unless it’s Snow White, I agree. :joy:


#55

I’ve heard the word Cringe so much that it makes me cringe


#56

Cringeworthy is cringeworthy

Interesting


#57

Yikes. I’ve never read a book where they replaced ‘eyes’ with ‘orbs’ but I’m sure I’d die from cringe.
My personal trigger-word is ‘zestful.’
eweweweewewewew T.T’
It’s like authors that use that word are trying too hard. “Jack held Sally in a zestful embrace.” I’ve legit read a book that had that sort of sentence in it, lmao. CRINGE


#58

This sounds like an excellent group to have around if you’re serious about your work, but yeah - really time-consuming too.

@AliciaM21 Eh? I love this word! I’ve even used it as a punchline in a poem. ^.^
I’m getting the feeling that it’s not the words themselves that bring on the cringe, but rather their abuse and repetition as a consequence of the author’s limited vocabulary.
I, myself, cringe at the abuse of ellipsis… :wink:


#59

I didn’t even know that word existed. Zeste to me is attached to lemons so if I were to see the “zestful embrace” thing, I’d be like “But how do lemons fit into this?”


#60

I’ve only seen “globes” used for breasts and it’s equally cringeworthy in those instances. :joy: