[Ads-l] Based and cringe

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Sep 22 02:09:43 UTC 2021

Two adjectives that have become very widespread in the past six to eight months are ‘based’ and ‘cringe’, which seem to be antonyms.
‘Based’ means something like ‘I approve of this person’s opinions—they’re right’, while ‘cringe’ means the same person or idea is just so wrong it makes you cringe.
I’ve seen polls with some opinion expressed and a multiple choice answer block that has two answers: ‘based’ and ‘cringe’. I have not seen this discussed here but it’s very common on FB pages I read.

Some people seem to think it comes from a

rapper Lil B dubbing himself "Lil B the Based God" and 4chan users referring to things as "based and redpilled."



Geoffrey S. Nathan
WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired)
Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
geoffnathan at wayne.edu

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