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    Feel the burn / serves you right?

    When you say "feel the burn" to someone suffering, do you imply that that person somehow brought the the original misfortune onto themselves and therefore deserves the punishment? If not, what on earth prompts you to say this, the indulgence in your personal sadistic inclinations?

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    Re: Feel the burn / serves you right?

    I have never said, and almost certainly will never say, "feel the burn". I can't imagine what would prompt anyone to say that.
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    Re: Feel the burn / serves you right?

    My attention was attracted to the expression when I found this article posted on Facebook http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...0531?cid=sm_fb with the following comment: "THIS VILLAGE IN POLAND IS FEELING THE BERN" making reference to Bern Sanders's Polish ancestral origins. Is "feeling the Bern" just a pun, or does it imply the collective state of mind of the residents of this particular village and if so, what is that collective state of mind supposed to be?

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    Re: Feel the burn / serves you right?

    The only context in which I usually hear "feel the burn" is exercise. When your muscles start to burn (hurt), some people will say that you have reached a point where you are exercising them enough to make a difference. It's connected to the "No pain, no gain" quote which was (and probably still is) used by exercise class instructors and personal trainers.

    I can only assume the "feeling the Bern" comment was meant to be a pun but since I don't know anything about the story (or who Bern Sanders is), I can't say what state of mind, if any, it was supposed to suggest.
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    Re: Feel the burn / serves you right?

    And just as I had thought the thread came to an end I came accross this

    http://www.duetsblog.com/2015/09/art...paign-slogans/

    and this

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...=feel+the+burn

    which demonstrates that the expression under discussion here clearly poses problems even for native speakers and that no clear cut answers are expected to be had .

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    Re: Feel the burn / serves you right?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The only context in which I usually hear "feel the burn" is exercise. When your muscles start to burn (hurt), some people will say that you have reached a point where you are exercising them enough to make a difference. It's connected to the "No pain, no gain" quote which was (and probably still is) used by exercise class instructors and personal trainers.

    I can only assume the "feeling the Bern" comment was meant to be a pun but since I don't know anything about the story (or who Bern Sanders is), I can't say what state of mind, if any, it was supposed to suggest.
    US Senator Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination for President against Hillary Clinton.

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    Re: Feel the burn / serves you right?

    Yes,"feeling the Bern" is just a pun. Sen. Sanders is famous for his obstreperous manner. The slogan suggests you can feel his righteous anger from a distance.
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    Re: Feel the burn / serves you right?

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    When you say "feel the burn" to someone suffering, do you imply that that person somehow brought the the original misfortune onto themselves and therefore deserves the punishment? If not, what on earth prompts you to say this, the indulgence in your personal sadistic inclinations?

    No. There are a couple of meanings for this, but neither of them has to do with punishment.

    One is related to exercise, as explained in post # 4.

    The other, less commonly used, refers to the burning sensation given after swallowing certain hard liquors with a higher alcohol content, especially whiskeys.
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    Re: Feel the burn / serves you right?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes,"feeling the Bern" is just a pun. Sen. Sanders is famous for his obstreperous manner. The slogan suggests you can feel his righteous anger from a distance.
    I don't believe that it's related to "righteous anger" at all!
    But we don't need to get into the politics of it.

    The original "Feel the burn" is exactly as Ems said. When you're working out hard, you can feel your muscles "burning" (certainly I did when I increased the weight on the triceps machine the other day) and you know you're doing some good for your body.

    His name is Bernie Sanders, as said above. It's a pun used by his campaign. Instead of "Feel the burn" (and you know it's getting better) it's "Feel the Bern."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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