Does The Word "Moist" Gross You Out? That's Word Aversion

Does hearing someone say "moist" make your skin crawl? If so, you're part of the 10-20% of the population that has a repulsive reaction to that particular word. If you are grossed out by certain everyday words, you may be experiencing a phenomenon called word aversion. There are several theories as to why some ordinary words may repel people. One theory is that an aversion to a particular word is contagious -- as people learn that others are grossed out by a word, they start to feel that way too. Another theory, especially in the case of the word "moist," is that it connotes bodily functions that some people find disgusting.

Written by Curiosity Staff May 20, 2016

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