Friday, September 18, 2009

Words you love to hate

So I heard, on "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me" the other day that the most hated word in the English language is...

Moist

... really, moist?

Sagal, the host, said it was because of how it sounded...

... really, moist?

That word doesn't bother me at all, sometimes it is a very useful word.

I thought the researchers were crazy, but then I read this post. At the end, the blogger clearly expresses a dislike for the word moist.

The only word in the English language that I really don't like (that I can think of) is the "c" word. I HATE THAT WORD in any context used by anyone.

But I can't think of a word that I dislike just because the sound of it.

What words are like fingernails on the chalkboard to you?

5 comments:

mosey along said...

Anyways. (where did that S come from??)
Moist doesn't bother me at all - I like words that sound like what they mean. If you know what I mean.

Annje said...

Do you mean like snap, crackle and pop?

mosey along said...

Not onomatopoeia necessarily... but words that when you say them have a deeper sensory association. Moist just ... sounds... MOIST. Y'know?

Is it time for wine yet?

Danielle said...

What a funny thing you should post this! Just a while ago Josh's step sister Lisa was saying how much she hated the word moist! Very amusing. I wonder if she heard someone else say they hated it or if she decided on her own. Either way, somebody hated it. I myself agree it's very useful. I hate the "c" word too. Constipation is the worst LOL. I know that's not what you mean but it did come to mind. Not a pretty word or pleasurable condition :) My sister mentioned to me she hates the word probe. Just the implication sounds nasty...

Abby said...

I HATE MOIST! I always have. It sounds really gross to me. I'm glad more people agree with me!

Also, I hate the word smear. I also think it sounds disgusting. In fact, I can barely say it without shuddering.