Southern Thing Column

Why do people hate the word ‘moist?’

I was reading an online post recently about how much people hate the word “moist.” It’s, like, one of the most hated words in history. In fact, it was ranked as the No. 1 most-hated word by Oxford Dictionaries in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada – and Canadians are a generally known as an unflappable people.

So how does a little moisture throw everyone so off kilter? A few years back, I worked with a woman I’ll call Rebekah Davis, mainly because that’s her name, who hated the word and made the yuge mistake of telling the rest her coworkers so that we, by which I mean me, could continually taunt her with it. If I recall correctly, I once even changed her computer wallpaper to the giant letters MOIST. (And don’t call me childish. I don’t like that word. I prefer “youthful.”) Click here to continue reading…

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