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Unappealing Words of the English Language

Started this discussion. Last reply by Isabel Moroney Jan 9, 2014. 57 Replies

Some of you may know that I dislike many words based on how they sound, especially one in particular. I have an extreme aversion to the word moist. Something about it just conjures up images of…Continue

Tags: word aversion, phonetics, gross, moist, cacophony

 

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Jan 29, 2014
Isabel Moroney replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"One word that I absolutely hate is the word secrete. I too visualize disgusting images when I hear the word, and to me the word itself is gross. I also do not like the word moist, and I cringe whenever I hear it."
Jan 9, 2014
Ema M replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"I don't have specific words I dislike. But, when I think about a word too long, it starts to sound strange... Just pronouncing "word" over and over again makes it sound weird. One thing that drives me crazy is when people short cut…"
Jan 9, 2014
Lily Ho replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
""Yolo" and "Swag" have just become so annoying for me to hear.  and I agree! The word "moist" is just so....weird. "
Jan 9, 2014
Kelly Dudar replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"Haha I can't believe you wrote a post on this, it's awesome. I don't have a specific word I hate, I just hate it when people pronounce words wrong. ESPECIALLY when people say ReesEEs instead of ReesIs. Also I can't stand it when…"
Jan 9, 2014
Ryan W. Allen replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"I tend to like words with a sharp crack in them, crack fittingly being one of those words. There's something fitting about how the word 'breaks.'"
Jan 9, 2014
Tim Steininger replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"OH MY GOODNESS. I agree 100%, moist is the most disgusting word in the English language. I'm not sure if the pronunciation of the word is the bad part, or if it's the picture that I invision when I hear it, but it's just irritating.…"
Nov 22, 2013
Autumn Cho replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"Oh gosh, the imagery provided with this post is definitely a reason for the hatred of the word moist, and I am definitely a part of the group that also doesn't like that word. I think because it always provides such a strong imagery if someone…"
Oct 25, 2013
Sam Campbell replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"Camilla, I would have to agree that something about the word moist makes me cringe. It must be that "OI" because the word "ointment" has the same effect on me. Also love this discussion topic!"
Oct 25, 2013
Brenna Knippen replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"I just hate when people abbreviate words, whether writing or speaking. It drives me crazy and just makes me think that person is more ignorant. "
Oct 24, 2013
sammy levey replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"Hey, there is actually a study (or something posing as it) out; girls typically hate the word "moist" and boys can't stand "crusty". Personally, they're both really gross and disgusting. That picture also doesn't…"
Oct 24, 2013
Arial Nieberding replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"Camilla, you are not alone! I have this same reaction even when I just think about the word...now I'm thinking about it. Ew. I really appreciate the fact that you have given this seemingly pretty common word aversion some light. I don't…"
Oct 24, 2013
Meghan Mileski replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"I absolutely HATE the words scaly and pealing...ew. I don't know why, but they make me cringe just hearing them.  Unlike most people, though, the word moist doesn't bother me at all. "
Oct 24, 2013
Gabi Arnieri replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"Moist. Gross. This post poses a great question. While I don't have a personal moist problem I know quite a few people who have an aversion to this word."
Oct 22, 2013
Madeline Scharm replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"I too absolutely despise the word "moist." The way the I and the O sound together makes me feel unintelligent. I also especially hate when people use the word to describe something delectable, like cake. Instead of saying the cake is…"
Oct 22, 2013
Kenzie Storm replied to Camilla Chee's discussion Unappealing Words of the English Language
"I've always had an aversion to the word "yolk". I think it's because I always pronounce it incorrectly. Some say it like "yok" and some try the horrifying "lk" sound. It just makes my skin crawl."
Oct 21, 2013

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Posted on October 13, 2011 at 11:18pm 4 Comments

It’s the unfortunate truth that a countless number of people hate reading. However, I have always believed that anyone can enjoy reading. The secret is choosing books that are relatable to your life or within your personal interests. Now I’m not trying to discourage reading different genres by any means, but if someone doesn't like to read, maybe he or she has to find the right type of book. I wholeheartedly…

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