Today I discovered that my three least favorite words in the English language become exponentially worse when put together

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  1. Edward
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Does the ointment cure MPS (moist panty syndrome) or give one moist panties? There’s a subtle difference.

  2. Graham
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when a friend passed this along to me today, for as I could hardly believe it myself, these are the very three words I dislike the sound of most (almost typed moist) as well.

  3. Mr. Y
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    You aren’t alone. Those three words have been identified to be among the least liked in the English language, along with words like “hate”, “slacks” and “vomit”. The following comes from the Visual Thesaurus.

    But, before we get to that, I want to add that I think “Moist Panty Vomit Slacks” is slightly worse.

    Among Visual Thesaurus subscribers, the word that appears most often as “least favorite” is hate — not surprising, since it’s often paired with the overall favorite love. The runners-up are no, like, and impossible. No and impossible are words that anyone with a can-do spirit would want to avoid. Meanwhile, people who dislike like think it’s, like, overused. Overuse is also to blame for the appearance of whatever, nice, and awesome among the least favorite words.

    The word that comes next on the “least favorite” leaderboard is moist. Many people feel quite strongly about moist — there’s even a Facebook group called called “I HATE the word MOIST!” with more than 300 members. One Facebooker calls moist “possibly the worst word in the English dictionary,” while another says, “I despise the sick, repugnant word!” It’s hard to top the aversion felt for moist, but some other Visual Thesaurus “least favorites” can provoke similar reactions: panty/panties, vomit, ointment, and slacks.

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  4. Erik
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Two of your three least favorites have an “oi”. How do you feel about “pointy”?

  5. b
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    i have no problem with any of these words…in fact, i use them often….individually and sometimes together…

  6. Gene
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    ditto, b. my most hated word is “leverage”, and most hated phrase is “with that said,” – they just sound like shit when they fall from a tool’s mouth.

  7. Edward
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Moist Panty Leverage is a nice phrase.

  8. Arika
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Agreed. uggg “moist” is the WORST!

  9. Tyrell
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    One of my least favorite words is curriculum. I hate the word. I would, however, watch the shit out of a movie called Moist Panty Curriculum.

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