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Asked by Jaime Anderson
Psychology
English Language

Why do people hate the word "moist"?

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Liam Brakus
December 19, 2019 10:30PM

A common theory is that it just sounds gross, but that was somewhat debunked by a group of researchers from Oberlin College and Trinity University. They ran three experiments and discovered that 14 to 21 percent of participants were averse to the word. However, similar sounding words like “foist” and “rejoiced” did not garner the same negative feelings from the participants.

“Moist” was considered most distasteful when it was paired with sexual or unrelated positive words, but many were not as bothered when it accompanied food words such as “cake.” This suggests that the reason for the disdain was more tied to what the word implied—and its association with bodily functions—than to its sound.

There’s also something to be said for the cultural component, or the theory that people hate the word because other people hate the word.

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Ginny Weasly
January 10, 2020 7:10PM
it just sounds weird.
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Caden Mayes
5 days ago
because it reminds them of sexual entercorse
I think when people hear the word moist, they also hear the word moldy, wrotten, or soggy beyond repair. Like a ship that sits in the water for to long and is never clean, the bottom of the ship is all moist, wrotten, moldy, and soggy beyond repair.
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Ruby Rojas
5 days ago
"moist cake" doesn't sound thAt bAd, but it's still a nasty image for me, but moist just sounds bad to some people because they think of it as in the bad side. I mean, it's because we knOw.
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James Geiser
6 days ago
Gee, could it be because most of us, when we hear that word instantly think of either persperation or the vagina which is always moist.
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YorkLawFirm
6 days ago
it sounds weird.
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jmsmurfy
January 13, 2020 2:47AM
A lot of people do not like it because it makes you think of something of or pertaining to the body.