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Binging vs. Bingeing

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As awareness of eating disorders has increased since the 1980s, so has use of the verb binge. As with many verbs, conjugating binge into various tenses can be challenging. Should the E remain in the progressive tense, to form bingeing, or should it be removed, forming binging?

In this article, I will compare bingeing vs. binging. I will use each of these spelling in at least one example sentence, so you can see them in context. Plus, I will show you a way to use a memory tool so that you will know whether to use bingeing or binging.

Origin:

The word binge originated from mid-19th century: from English dialect binge ‘to soak a wooden vessel’.

Binge as noun:

Binge is used as a noun in English language where it means a period of excessive indulgence in an activity, especially drinking alcohol or eating.

He went on a binge and was in no shape to drive.

Binge is verb:

Binge is used as a verb in English language where it means to indulge in an activity, especially eating, to excess.

She binged on ice cream.

Use of binging:

Bingeing is the progressive tense of the verb binge, which means to partake in something to excess. Of the two spellings, bingeing is several times more common than binging.

Examples:

My boss doesn’t get any work done because he is in his office bingeing on Stranger Things on Netflix.

We celebrated the end of Lent by bingeing on cheeseburgers and fries at the burger joint down the street.

“Mary couldn’t make it to class today because she is bingeing on alcohol,” said John.

Bingeing on a book series is the perfect activity for December — it makes for a great escape from the crush of social obligations, and when the weather turns cold, it is an ideal indoor diversion. –The Washington Post

Use of bingeing:

Binging is an alternate spelling of the same word with the same meanings. If you are a Microsoft employee and you are within earshot of your supervisor, you might use binging as a substitute for the verb googling to signal that you are using Microsoft’s search engine Bing instead of its competitor, Google Search. All jokes aside, perhaps this is why bingeing has taken such a clear lead in usage: because of the possible confusion between bing-ing, like the sound bing, and binge-ing. By retaining the “E,” it is impossible to make that confusion.

Examples:

Repeated binging and purging is bad for your health in a number of ways.

I will no longer be binging on popcorn every time I go to the movie theater.

Binging on candy every year on Halloween is a time-honored American tradition.

Bingeing or binging:

Bingeing and binging are two alternate spellings of the progressive tense of the word binge, which means to partake to excess. Formal English does not have a clear standard for either version, but in actual usage, bingeing is much more common. Since bingeing shares an E with excess, you can easily remember to choose it unless you have a good reason to use binging instead.

Alternately, you can always check this article for a quick refresher to determine whether binging or bingeing is the correct word choice for your sentence.

 

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