One Misty-Moisty Morning II

June 12, 2015

I just read that "moist" is "the worst word ever" and a 2012 New Yorker poll that asked readers to choose a word to scrub from the English language in 2012 chose moist by overwhelming consensus (I would have nominated "knotty pine"). Why?

In three experiments, researchers from Oberlin University in Ohio and Trinity University in San Antonio found that more than 20 percent of participants where averse to the word.

Again, why? Not the sound, apparently, but its association with bodily functions. The younger and more neurotic the study participants were, the more likely they were to dislike the word. Additionally, the more disgust they associated with bodily functions, the less they liked moist.

When I was buying romance fiction for Woman's World, someone once sent a story with the immortal line "It only served to wet my appetite, which was already damp."


  1. June 15, 2015 11:40 AM EDT
    perfect post to bring a smile to this old face
    - lally