It may be hard to admit, but our vocabularies are full of nasty words.
Most of them are curse words, of course, but have you ever thought that an innocent term like "curd" could make someone feel super uneasy? Apparently, it does.
Underwear company Knixwear joined forces with University of Pennsylvania linguist Mark Liberman in an attempt to find out what words women hate the most. They surveyed more than 500 ladies and, over a series of interviews and focus groups, distinguished six words that, according to women, shouldn't be on anyone's vocabulary. EVER.
But the results might surprise you.
The survey was based on a phenomenon known as word aversion — a feeling of intense, irrational distaste for the sound or sight of a particular word or phrase.
Basically, anything that makes you do this.
Words like panties made the list. According to women, it's icky and they hate it when men use it as a 'polite' way to describe women's underwear.
Squirt ranked high on the list of vocabulary no-nos. Per Knixwear's survey, 68 percent of respondents said this word makes them feel uncomfortable.
But what is the No. 1 word that makes all women squeal in disgust?
And it's actually not a surprise.
The word moist has been long known to linguists and psychologists as one of most commonly hated expressions in the English language. In fact, the loathing towards this word is so deep, there's even a Facebook group dedicated to its demise. But why, you may wonder?
According to Slate, the word moist seems squishy and carries connotations to genital regions and undergarments. And when it comes to word aversion, nothing works better than terms that refer to "slimy, gross things, or names for garments worn in potentially sexual areas, or anything to do with food, or suckling, or sexual overtones."
Mic also notes that disgust is contagious and evolves culturally. So simply overhearing someone say they don't like a certain word can make you hate that word, too.