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What does flounce mean?

Ever had a group chat that drove you nuts? Maybe you just wanted to say bye Felicia to your extended family Facebook group or office GroupMe? Well, if you did it with enough flair, you flounced it.

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The internet slang term flounce means "to leave an online group in a dramatic manner," and may or may not involve burning a few bridges or stirring the pot on the way out.

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Examples of flounce

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Examples of flounce

Brexit is like historys [sic] longest flounce post

@Bactchan, December 2018

I love a good flounce post. They're always great for laughs. I don't follow enough communities to see them often though.

@Brinstar, May 2009
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Where does flounce come from?

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You may be surprised to learn the word flounce long predates the internet. It date backs to the 16th century and means “to go with impatient or impetuousexaggerated movements,” often said of departures, e.g., flounce out. V historical.

Flounce got new life in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the rise of online forums and social media sites.  As people started to build online communities on sites like LiveJournal, Myspace, Facebook, and Reddit, they also get fed up with them—and began flouncing them. Evidence for the term can be found on internet Usenet forums by at least 1999.

When someone flounces, they usually make what’s known as a flounce post to announce their departure. This tends to involve a lead-up to the flounce: angry exchanges with a few users, the deletion of some posts, and even kicking out or reporting other group members.

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Then comes the flounce post itself, generally featuring an airing of any grievances that compelled them to leave in the first place, finger-pointing, expressions of emotions like disappointment and anger, and a tearful goodbye, e.g., This will be my very last post! Sometimes the flouncer will call further attention to their flouncing by posting in other groups about the drama or by messaging individual users to make people take sides.

All sound a bit extra? Many people would agree, as flouncing is often lambasted as petty, unnecessary, attention-seeking drama. But then again:, entertainment, amirite?

Who uses flounce?

Flounce can be a verb (e.g., He flounced the subreddit) or a noun (His subreddit flounce was so childish).

It is often used in the context of calling out flouncers. Its users may complain, genuinely or humorously, about those who flounce as if they are the worst humans in existence.

For others, flouncing serves as a form of entertainment. People often like to sit back, relax, and watch the drama unfold.

Some people will own up to their own flouncing behavior. They may complain that they want to flounce due to the annoyingness of a group, or they might admit to being a #dramaqueen.

As flounced has aged, it has sometimes softened in tone, referring to a more temporary and even less dramatic departure from a site—though still because one is extremely irritated by content or users there.

Note that flounce can be used in other contexts, such as a type of dress that’s pleated but flow-y. Flounce can also be used in its original, “floundering” sense, especially in the expression flounce out of the room.

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