Ask a large enough group of English speakers what their least-favourite English word is, and the most common answer you’ll probably receive is moist.
I’ve never quite understood the hatred for that word. I mean, I do understand why people don’t like it. It makes people think of their genital area, but it’s a word we also associate with food, especially desserts, or meat, and those aren’t things people always want to think of at the same time. And there’s something about the letter m: it’s too soft, too, vague, too, well, moist.
Despite all those solid reasons for disliking moist, I can’t really get behind the hatred of the word. I think that’s because the meaning of the word isn’t negative. I find it hard to separate a word from its meaning, so I can’t really get mad at moist. If I had to choose a word I hate most, I’d probably choose specific, simply because I find it hard to pronounce the sp. What words do you hate, and why?