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These are the most horrible words in the English language*

*Or some of them, at least.

WHILE IT MAY not be as romantic as French, or lyrical as Italian, English is not a bad auld language.

It includes some wonderful words.  Quadratics, for example, or loquacious.  Anemone and obsequious are also a delight to pronounce.

Sadly, there are also words which are quite simply, a horror.

They are words no one likes to say, and most people cringe at hearing.


We’re not sure why, but it gives us the shivers.


It conjures up unpleasant images of dirty underwear.  No thanks.


The concept of moistness is not altoghether unpleasant, but for some reason the word gives people the creeps.


Most secretions are unpleasant, agreed?  That’s probably what’s at play here.


There are nicer words for that part of the anatomy, no?


No thanks.


Most people don’t have any issue with underwear itself, and yet this word makes perfectly reasonable people recoil with horror.




Is there such a thing as nice gloop?  Can gloop ever sound nice?

No.  No, we didn’t think so.

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