I found over a dozen lists of words that are considered most hated, distasteful and least favorite. Many of these lists are updated yearly. Polls are actually conducted on this topic. That's some serious work to put into words you dislike! So I started thinking about it and decided that I should avoid using these distasteful words as much as possible in my blog post titles. The hard part is, many of them are quite common.
We'll start with a word that was voted The Most Hated Word In The English Language in a global survey conducted by Oxford Dictionaries.
1) Moist. Even if you're talking about cake, this word is well known to make people gag.
Some of the runners up:
8) Baby Bump
12) Ointment: salve is acceptable though
Several childish words like nom (a word that expresses pleasure when eating), girlies, ginormous and amazeballs also made the lists. I did leave the less common words off my list like: secrete, fester, smear, discharge, flaps, dinky and slurp. I truly don't understand baby bump though. What else are we supposed to call it?
What makes a distasteful word? According to Thought Catalog: For a word to be truly objectionable, it shouldn’t just sound disgusting. The linguistic formula for a disgusting word is to make sure it contains phonetically abrasive letters like “b,” “g,” “m,” “u” and “o,” which you’ll find to be common among the most hated.
Current events also tend to influence these words as recent lists have included: conservative, liberal, Brexit and sadly...the word blog. Blog does has 3 of the most abrasive letters in it though, so I guess that makes sense. It does appear though that some words are influenced by recent overuse. That might actually explain baby bump as it has been used very widely in the past few years.
Personally munch is my least favorite word but it did make Buzzfeeds 28 worst words in the English language so I can't be alone. It just sounds weird. I picture the old bugs bunny cartoon eating an ear of corn with the typewriter "ding" when he gets to the end of it. It's just an awkward word.
There are also polls done on the most hated phrases in America with "no offense, but" "whatever" and "I can't even" taking some of the top honors. With all this though put into what we shouldn't say, it makes me wonder...what should we say?