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  • n. Sickeningly sweet stories with a moral, often hiding slightly sinister undertones.

Etymologies

Imitative of the retching that might be induced by stories of this kind. (Coined by Patricia Chapin, a member of the urban legends discussion mailing list of the Snopes website.) (Wiktionary)

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  • What is glurge? Think of it as chicken soup with several cups of sugar mixed in: It's supposed to be a method of delivering a remedy for what ails you by adding sweetening to make the cure more appealing, but the result is more often a sickly-sweet concoction that induces hyperglycemic fits.

    In ordinary language, glurge is the sending of inspirational (and supposedly "true") tales, ones that often conceal much darker meanings than the uplifting moral lessons they purport to offer or undermine their messages by fabricating and distorting historical fact in the guise of offering a "true story."

    Many of us, it seems, cannot overcome the urge to glurge.


    --Snopes.com

    February 25, 2010

  • 1. Sentimental, mawkish or uplifting story that uses fabricated facts. Possibly a portmanteau of "gulp"+"purge" - the reaction to glurge.

    June 29, 2009

  • Glurge is the sentimental stuff, frequently made up that circulates by e-mail with messages that if you love God you will pass it on.
    A sentence: I got a story about a woman getting a message that saved her life, and it turned out that the messenger was an angel. It was pure glurge.

    April 2, 2009

  • Sickeningly sweet stories with a moral, often hiding slightly sinister undertones. Etymology: "Imitative of the retching that might be induced by stories of this kind." (Wiktionary)

    June 14, 2008

  • Like the ones on the Hallmark Channel?

    July 24, 2007

  • Noun: Mawkishly sentimental story with facts fabricated to tug on the heart strings.

    July 24, 2007