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In which "moist" was intentionally left off the list.

The Worst Words in the English Language, according to Riss:
(we're talking aesthetics here, not definitions)

  • Ointment
  • Phlegm
  • Nuptials
  • Strengths
  • Bladder
  • Jowls
  • Pulp (or pulpy)
  • Raucous

You're welcome.

Coming next: The Best Words in the English Language (Maybe. We all know I'm way better at negativity than optimism).


  1. More than a third of these refer to bodies (or parts thereof). Interesting. We must pick strange words for bodies. Or is it the other way around?

  2. Maybe. There are certainly other strange body words out there: "sphincter" and "throat" are also good examples. But I think there are some cool-sounding body-words (again, judging aesthetically and not by the meaning of the word: "lips", "cornea", "fallopian (tubes)", and "elbow", for example.

  3. Is moist a reference to Dead Like Me? Great blog by the way!

    1. Nope, because I've never seen (read? listened to? heard of?) Dead Like Me. There just seems to be a general consensus that "moist" is a horrible word.

    2. Dead Like Me is an awesome TV show. Check it out on Youtube. Someone pirated the whole thing on there.


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