One new verb that recently entered the English language is to binge-watch. The Oxford Dictionary defines binge-watching as, “Watching multiple episodes of a television programme in rapid succession.” Although there’s no strict rule, I would say that if you watch 3 or more episodes in a row, you can probably describe it as binge-watching.
The binge- prefix has become extremely common in recent years, especially in the media. Whenever someone takes part in an excessive amount of an action, we can turn it into a new phrase using the binge-xing formula. Binge-drinking has become a common topic of debate in the UK, with commentators noting the British habit of drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short space of time. Maybe when you’re sad or spending the whole weekend home alone, you indulge in binge-eating.
Although binge-watching, binge-drinking, and binge-eating are the most commonly used terms with the binge- prefix, there’s nothing to stop you from making up your own phrase. If my wife asks me why I’ve spent the last 30 minutes on the phone, I might tell her I’m binge-texting. That’s something I just made up, but all native English speakers would immediately understand what it means. In spoken English, it’s very common to make up your own words using popular affixes.
But back to binge-watching … When changing tenses, we only need to alter the -watch part, and it follows the regular verb pattern. Here are some example sentences:
- Yesterday, I binge-watched Game of Thrones.
- Stop binge-watching, and come play tennis.
- Tomorrow, I’ll binge-watch The Wire.
Do you want to practice? Type a sentence with binge-watch in the comments section below, and I’ll let you know if you’re correct.