5 Disgusting Words That Make Me Cringe
I have a friend who hates the word “moist.”
It’s true. You may ask, “Hey Robert, what does the word ‘moist’ have to do with your 101 Book project?”
Great question, to which I would answer, “Hey there. Absolutely nothing.”
But, truthfully, this blog is not just about the 101 books. It’s about reading words. Yes, I read words. Lots of words. And then I sit down and write words about the words I just read. It gets a little wordy up in here.
So, with all that in mind, I thought I’d list my 5 least favorite words today. These are the words that make me cringe, twinge, squirm and scream. Sometimes, their usage might raise the hairs on my arms.
If any of these words appear in any of the 101 books, you can count on me automatically excluding that book from the top 10 in my rankings. That’s just how I roll, to borrow a cliche’.
Curious? Here are my least favorite words.
Nugget: Doesn’t matter whether it’s a chicken nugget or a nugget of information, this is just an awful word. Honestly, when I think of the word “nugget,” it reminds me of things I’ve seen in my son’s diapers. So there.
Dilate: A tip for the guys: If you’re ever walking down the hall of a hospital and you hear the word “dilation” and “centimeters” used in the same sentence, then run like the wind. Find the elevator, and fly and be free. Unless, of course, those terms are being used in reference to your wife. If you follow this advice and miss your child’s birth, that’s on you, friend. Tough it out.
Secretion: Let’s be honest: Have you ever heard the word “secretion,” or any variation of it, used in a positive way? Here’s an example of the usual world that “secretion” lives in: “The puss-filled boil on John’s leg continued to secrete a white, milky substance that the nurse couldn’t identify.” That’s just nasty.
Fondle: Nothing good ever comes from using the word “fondle.” Think about it. If someone tells you that someone or something just “fondled” someone or something else, then I can promise you that a very bad event just happened. You don’t want any part of that, so if “fondle” is part of your verbal repertoire, remove it immediately. Creepy.
Dangle: Whether it’s participles or body parts, “dangling” simply isn’t a descriptor you want to use. Things that dangle have been overpowered by gravity and will soon separate from that which they are attached to. Eventually, they’ll plummet to the ground and probably secrete some type of moist substance. I recently heard this word used in reference to a speed boat accident. Enough said. Say no to dangle.
Honorable Mentions: waft, chunks, munch, dainty, lesion, sopping, musty, ligament, soil(ed).
Do you see why I hate these words? Aren’t they just hideous examples of the English language?
Now it’s your turn. What are some words that make you cringe?