We decided, after the wonderful response to our Favourite Word Poll to ask our Facebook Followers to tell us their most hated word. That word that makes you shudder when heard, shiver when read and elicits a physical response no matter how you come across it.
Well you didn’t disappoint; well over a thousand of you responded and your answers surprised us somewhat. There are millions of words out there, so many to choose from and yet many of you seem to have a visceral distaste for the same things.
Be warned, there is profanity; this is a blog about hated words and we’re not about to censor them. You’re going to get them in all their glorious gruesomeness.
(adj) Slightly wet, marked by a fluid discharge.
(n) A woman’s genitals, an unpleasant or stupid person.
(n) Legless underpants worn by women and girls; knickers.
(vb) Have sexual intercourse with (someone). Damage, ruin something.
(n) Intense dislike.
(n) A contemptuous term for a black person.
(n) A thick yellowish or greenish opaque liquid produced in infected tissue.
(n) Derogatory: A person who has a mental disability.
(n) The thick viscous substance secreted by the mucous membranes of the respiratory passages.
(adj) Used for emphasis, especially to express anger or frustration.
Well there are the top ten. The fact that expletives were in there is no great surprise but, in the end they’re just words and the only power they have over us is the power we give them.
Here’s the rest, making up our top 50 words:
Feel free to add your own ‘most hated’ word in the comments and a huge thank you to everyone who joined in. We hope we haven’t left you feeling too nauseous.
Special thanks goes to oxforddictionaries.com for help with definitions.