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Hello everyone!

I have been trying to figure out what exactly Edgy is. Google has it defined as:


adjective
adjective: edgy; comparative adjective: edgier; superlative adjective: edgiest

1.
tense, nervous, or irritable.
"he became edgy and defensive"
synonyms: tense, nervous, on edge, anxious, apprehensive, uneasy, unsettled; More
twitchy, jumpy, keyed up, restive, skittish, neurotic, insecure;
irritable, touchy, tetchy, testy, crotchety, prickly;
informaluptight, wired, snappy, strung out
"everyone was edgy as the deadline approached"
antonyms: calm
(of a musical performance or a piece of writing) having an intense or sharp quality.
2.
informal
at the forefront of a trend; experimental or avant-garde.
"their songs combine good music and smart, edgy ideas"
synonyms: cutting-edge, on-the-edge, fringe, avant-garde, innovative, original, offbeat; gritty


But these definitions don't seem proper for what I have seen people using the term as.

It mainly seems popular in people a little younger then me and a few years back I remember people using it as a positive thing, but more recently people I know have been using it more as a negative thing. "Yeah, I used to watch that series but then it got edgy as all fuck".

So... What is Edgy? And why is it a bad thing?
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“Edgy” is an English slang term used to describe things, behaviors or trends which are provocative or avant-garde, and is often used to describe things that are dark and gothic in nature. It is commonly used as an insult on 4chan and Tumblr for someone attempting to be badass by acting emo or overly contrarian.

That is the KnowYourMeme definition, generally edgy is just used to describe people/things that try too hard or just act out in weird ways.
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Saitama wrote:

“Edgy” is an English slang term used to describe things, behaviors or trends which are provocative or avant-garde, and is often used to describe things that are dark and gothic in nature. It is commonly used as an insult on 4chan and Tumblr for someone attempting to be badass by acting emo or overly contrarian.

That is the KnowYourMeme definition, generally edgy is just used to describe people/things that try too hard or just act out in weird ways.


which is weird because in my books weird to an extent is good its better then being normal.
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They may be saying that the show made them tense, nervous, on edge, apprehensive, uneasy, unsettled, etc.

Say you're watching a show and it's about vampires and it's all cool with the vampires, but then one of the characters suddenly reveals that their sister (who no one gives a shit about) is and has always been a transsaus and they're suddenly being oppressed by the vampire-dinosaur legion of evil or good or whatever. Then the show just harps on how all these people are oppressed all the time, and has the characters reacting to or suffering from the Affliction of the Week.
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wannabe badass.
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OP, your post was so edgy.
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Saitama wrote:

“Edgy” is an English slang term used to describe things, behaviors or trends which are provocative or avant-garde, and is often used to describe things that are dark and gothic in nature. It is commonly used as an insult on 4chan and Tumblr for someone attempting to be badass by acting emo or overly contrarian.

That is the KnowYourMeme definition, generally edgy is just used to describe people/things that try too hard or just act out in weird ways.


Thank you very much for the info about this!

And that definition seems to make more sense with how I've been seeing people using the term.
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They may be saying that the show made them tense, nervous, on edge, apprehensive, uneasy, unsettled, etc.

Say you're watching a show and it's about vampires and it's all cool with the vampires, but then one of the characters suddenly reveals that their sister (who no one gives a shit about) is and has always been a transsaus and they're suddenly being oppressed by the vampire-dinosaur legion of evil or good or whatever. Then the show just harps on how all these people are oppressed all the time, and has the characters reacting to or suffering from the Affliction of the Week.


That could also make sense yeah.

Admitably I am kinda worried about one of my friends who was using the term. Mainly because he seems to jump on a series bandwagon, loving the hell out of it and even looking up the source for it (and catching up to date on the source I might add). And then like a year or two later when the majority opinion changes into hating the series he follows right along. Like he used to be majorly into Attack on Titan and Tokyo Ghoul (Both series I couldn't really get into), but then he started to hate them both as time went on. Calling Attack on Titan filled with characters with plot armor so it took the fun away from him, and that Tokyo Ghoul had become too "Edgy" for him to watch and that both series were in fact always horrible this entire time he just couldn't see it. So like, I just don't get it. For me if I like a series I normally like it till it ends or was supposed to end. (Case in point Supernatural. I loved up to the end of season 5, which was where it originally was going to end. But then it got renewed for season 6 and the quality just dropped for the series and I couldn't continue it because of how poorly done that season was.)
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gornotck wrote:

They may be saying that the show made them tense, nervous, on edge, apprehensive, uneasy, unsettled, etc.

Say you're watching a show and it's about vampires and it's all cool with the vampires, but then one of the characters suddenly reveals that their sister (who no one gives a shit about) is and has always been a transsaus and they're suddenly being oppressed by the vampire-dinosaur legion of evil or good or whatever. Then the show just harps on how all these people are oppressed all the time, and has the characters reacting to or suffering from the Affliction of the Week.


That could also make sense yeah.

Admitably I am kinda worried about one of my friends who was using the term. Mainly because he seems to jump on a series bandwagon, loving the hell out of it and even looking up the source for it (and catching up to date on the source I might add). And then like a year or two later when the majority opinion changes into hating the series he follows right along. Like he used to be majorly into Attack on Titan and Tokyo Ghoul (Both series I couldn't really get into), but then he started to hate them both as time went on. Calling Attack on Titan filled with characters with plot armor so it took the fun away from him, and that Tokyo Ghoul had become too "Edgy" for him to watch and that both series were in fact always horrible this entire time he just couldn't see it. So like, I just don't get it. For me if I like a series I normally like it till it ends or was supposed to end. (Case in point Supernatural. I loved up to the end of season 5, which was where it originally was going to end. But then it got renewed for season 6 and the quality just dropped for the series and I couldn't continue it because of how poorly done that season was.)


Ah. Bandwagons indeed. I would wonder who he is following from thing to thing.

Tokyo Ghoul is about eating people. I don't see how it could get more 'edgy', much less 'too edgy'.
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SDtheElf wrote:

That could also make sense yeah.

Admitably I am kinda worried about one of my friends who was using the term. Mainly because he seems to jump on a series bandwagon, loving the hell out of it and even looking up the source for it (and catching up to date on the source I might add). And then like a year or two later when the majority opinion changes into hating the series he follows right along. Like he used to be majorly into Attack on Titan and Tokyo Ghoul (Both series I couldn't really get into), but then he started to hate them both as time went on. Calling Attack on Titan filled with characters with plot armor so it took the fun away from him, and that Tokyo Ghoul had become too "Edgy" for him to watch and that both series were in fact always horrible this entire time he just couldn't see it. So like, I just don't get it. For me if I like a series I normally like it till it ends or was supposed to end. (Case in point Supernatural. I loved up to the end of season 5, which was where it originally was going to end. But then it got renewed for season 6 and the quality just dropped for the series and I couldn't continue it because of how poorly done that season was.)


There is the possiblity that he really just recognized that these shows are bad.
For example:
As a kid and young teenager I loved "Independence Day" but with 16 or 17 (can't remember exactly) I saw the movie again (for the twentieth time or something) and I suddenly realized how awfully bad it is. They should have called it "Cliche&Stupidity: The Movie" . I still think this movie is even worse than "Plan 9 from Outer Space".
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Ah. Bandwagons indeed. I would wonder who he is following from thing to thing.

Tokyo Ghoul is about eating people. I don't see how it could get more 'edgy', much less 'too edgy'.


I think the badnwagon for both of those series was the Anime club in High School. I was just leaving High School myself when Attack on Titan happened (If I remember years properly) and Tokyo Ghoul happened the following year, so those two series were the ones which were really popular in the schools for people to be following. After he got out of High School and onto University (I never went to Uni/collage, I just got a job right away) he started spending a lot more time on tumblr and he slowly got out of Anime. I still ramble to him from time to time about Anime but he is no longer interested in watching it himself and all shows I have shown him lately he is not interested in and likes to point out the flaws within the series. Instead his interest has switched to video games (Warframe, and League of Legends) and watching more Western TV series like "The Walking Dead", "Game of Thrones", "Breaking Bad" and "Orange is the New Black", among a few other series.
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This is edgy
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There is the possiblity that he really just recognized that these shows are bad.
For example:
As a kid and young teenager I loved "Independence Day" but with 16 or 17 (can't remember exactly) I saw the movie again (for the twentieth time or something) and I suddenly realized how awfully bad it is. They should have called it "Cliche&Stupidity: The Movie" . I still think this movie is even worse than "Plan 9 from Outer Space".


That is always a possibility. For me I love cliches and troupes within shows and games. And I think it really shows with the series I personally end up following. In fact for a lot of times seeing it happen for the millionth time actually ends up making it funnier for me for some reason. Rather then looking at a series as just a story or form an artistic point of view.., I tend to treat any series I am following as if everything in the series is happening in another universe somewhere so I end up growing attached to all the characters and their plights no matter how many times something similar has happened in another series.

But..., I can also see why Cliches and stuff can bother some people. As they are looking at it as a story, as an artform. Etc etc etc. And that is always the possibility that is what has happened with him as well. The reason you pointed out. Thank you.
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Saitama wrote:

“Edgy” is an English slang term used to describe things, behaviors or trends which are provocative or avant-garde, and is often used to describe things that are dark and gothic in nature. It is commonly used as an insult on 4chan and Tumblr for someone attempting to be badass by acting emo or overly contrarian.

That is the KnowYourMeme definition, generally edgy is just used to describe people/things that try too hard or just act out in weird ways.


Generally, the high-school kids who want to create an online-Halloween-costume of being Tough, Angry, Antisocial and Politically Incorrect (at the same age when we want to be seen hanging around with the cool tough kids to shock everyone) who go online and post comments about why they didn't just toss the parents into the gorilla pit with the kid.
When it tries TOO hard, it's the mark of someone straining to be something he's not, and no one likes a Big Fat Desperate Fraud.

"Edgy" can also be applied to comics, and the above usually comes into play when we watch Dennis Leary or Lewis Black do a routine.
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