Let It Linger / Letting It Linger
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Let It Linger, also known as Letting It Linger, is a catchphrase used in memes that references a lyric from the 1993 song "Linger" by The Cranberries. Starting in early 2023, the lyric "Do You Have To Let It Linger" was used in viral tweets and memes, coming to head after a viral quote retweet sent in March 2023. Since the tweet was posted to Twitter, the phrase was edited into multiple exploitable meme templates on Instagram and elsewhere online.
On May 18th, 2022, Twitter user @Iucyswift tweeted a Staring Donkey image with a caption reading, "do you have to let it linger," in reference to the 1993 song "Linger" by The Cranberries. Over the course of 11 months, the tweet received roughly 18,000 likes (shown below, left). However, in addition to this, a meme was posted by the since-deleted Instagram account @hollowcloth that used the same text and image (shown below, right). Its upload date is unknown. Its earliest repost was made by Twitter user @whorrendous on January 7th, 2023, gaining over 250 likes in three months.
After the Staring Donkey meme went viral, others on Instagram, Twitter and elsewhere started to make memes in reference to The Cranberries' lyrics, predominantly manifesting in early 2023. For instance, on January 7th, 2023, Instagram user @manicpixiememequeen posted a Couple in a Red Car meme about the lyrics, gaining roughly 24,200 likes in three months (shown below, left). On March 2nd, Instagram user @chorus_in_the_chaos posted a meme using a screencap from The Cranberries' music video, earning over 320 likes in one month (shown below, right).
On March 17th, 2023, Twitter user @jarodzsz tweeted, "I'm letting it linger today idgaf," gaining roughly 10,200 likes in 18 days. Two days later, on March 19th, Twitter user @airbagged quote retweeted @jarodzsz, writing, "the cranberries in 1993:" and gained roughly 86,200 likes in 16 days (shown below).
Screenshots of Twitter user @airbagged's QT were posted to Instagram, going viral in their own right. The QT inspired more memes on Instagram and Twitter that referenced the phrases "Let It Linger" and "Letting It Linger" going into April 2023.
 Twitter – @Iucyswift
 YouTube – The Cranberries – Linger
 Twitter – @whorrendous
 Instagram – @manicpixiememequeen
 Instagram – @chorus_in_the_chaos
 Twitter – @airbagged
 Instagram – @botoxqueen1968
 Twitter – @haneswhitetee
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