From the MacMillan Dictionary Blog: The word ‘binge’ first appeared in English in the mid-1800s and means ‘to soak’. Around the time of World War I, the term ‘binge‘ was used to refer to eating or drinking in excess. The term binge–watching can be traced back as far as 2003, but it didn’t come into common usage until around 2012.
Well, now we know 😉
Binge-watching is quite topical since the beginning of the year with the pandemic keeping us closer to home and tucked in. I personally never cared enough about TV to binge on it or perhaps I never felt that I had the time, but this holiday season was different. So different that I did partake in this concept and I enjoyed some really good shows such as the Queen’s Gambit, Workin’ Moms, Younger and Virgin River.
Growing up, limited TV time was ‘the worst’ for my brother and the reason why he was always staying up late and asking for boxed sets on his birthday or at Christmas. Gifts that, in only a matter of days, were consumed and honesty, I didn’t understand the enjoyment. Nowadays it’s different. TV is cheap and bountiful and we rarely have to wait a week for a new episode of our favorite TV series to come out and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that I am not the only one who was recently seduced by this way of watching TV. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I will ever be the person who deprives herself of sleep to watch the end of a series but if I have time and if we continue to be in this ‘lockdown’ situation, I may as well carry on for a little longer 😉
Do you remember your first binge? What was it?