Experts asked 500 women to reveal six words women hate the most - and the word 'moist' tops the list.
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Experts asked 500 women to reveal six words women hate the most - and the answer would shock you.
The word, with its connotations of oozing and bodily fluids has long been considered one of the worst in the English language and now a study has proved it.
"The common denominator seems to be disgust, either toward bodily functions or sex," Paul Thibodeau, a language psychologist at Oberlin College, told Yahoo Health.
'Moist', at 77 per cent was - not surprisingly - the most unanimously loathed.
There’s even a Facebook group called 'I Hate the Word Moist' which boasts nearly 7,000 followers, and in a recent Mississippi State University poll, 'moist' was named as one the ugliest words in the English language.
In fact, the word is so despised that scientists have searched for a reason why.
Thibodeau and his fellow researchers initially believed that it was the hard '-oist' sound that provoked disgusted reactions, but they noted in a 2014 study that participants did not have the same response to rhyming words such as 'hoist' or 'foist'.
Experts found that participants especially hated the word when it followed vulgar sexual words, but were less disgusted when it came after food-related words, such as cake.
Coming closely behind, at 68 per cent, was 'squirt'.
Just over half of the women polled - 54 per cent - put 'panties' at the top of their list.
Dr Thibodeau believes 'panties' was seen as unpleasant because of the weird juxtaposition of the word’s two connotations: one with childhood, the other with – once again - eroticism.
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