Tartingles is a word my friend Charles taught me that seems to work its way into my everyday jargon. It basically means second hand embarrassment. That chill or tingle you feel when you codependently take on someone else’s embarrassing moment. This isn’t a new concept by any means but I think it describes the feeling perfectly.
For example, when a coworker mistakenly talks shit about another coworker on the office communicator, and sends the message to the subject of the insult. Makes me tingle all over every time.
Samantha: I bet Charlotte wears a Merkin
Charlotte: Im guessing that wasn’t meant for me. What the hell is a merkin?