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What’s the Grossest-Sounding Word in English?

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A few months ago, we asked readers to share their choices for the most beautiful sounding word in English. Nearly 500 of you shared your favorites, which included the lyrical, delightful and uplifting.

Some of you also shared your least favorite words. “I would like to vote ‘moist’ as the most gross sounding word in the English language,” wrote in Jack. “‘Bob’ I think evokes something in most people’s minds actually… kind of round and not so attractive,” writes Daniel.

Many words for the gross are onomatopoeic, like blat, or, like Jack’s choice, they stir up a synesthetic reaction. Scientific experiments indicate that sound symbolism is at play in word formation. In determining the Bouba/Kiki Effect, people from cultures around the world were asked to identify a spiked shape and a round shape with the name Bouba or Kiki. 90 percent of people identified the spiky shape as Kiki and the round, blobby shape as Bouba.

Now it’s your turn to share your least favorite word. Instead of exploring euphony this time, let’s turn up the volume on cacophony. Tell us the most gross, icky, blah-ful words you find in our usually delightful language to round out our exploration of phonaesthetics.

3,110 Comments

  1. Eva -  July 5, 2015 - 5:49 pm

    My word is:
    Cartilage

    I have no idea why but whenever I hear this word it makes me squeamish.

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  2. Ram -  July 2, 2015 - 1:14 pm

    Vomit,
    Mucus,
    Pus,
    Pupil,

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    • paperfolder -  July 6, 2015 - 5:46 am

      One of my absolutre favorites, a wonderful 4-letter word:

      mulm

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  3. Pam Bramall -  June 19, 2015 - 6:36 am

    My most loathsome use of language is the “of” in “I would of done something”. This should obviously be “I would have done something” and it make my flesh crawl when I see it.

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    • Grey10 -  June 21, 2015 - 9:24 am

      Wow, missed the point by a country mile. This is about the sound or feeling of a word, not its grammatical correctness, surely.

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      • P. Edant -  June 27, 2015 - 12:32 pm

        Au contraire….the grammatical fault is so serious that the sound of it jars an educated ear.

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        • The person who is typing this -  July 7, 2015 - 12:27 pm

          Finally someone gets it!!

          I feel so loved.

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    • John Galt -  June 24, 2015 - 9:36 am

      I agree with you that this use of the word “of” is terrible, but think about where it comes from.

      “I would’ve done something,” sounds very close to, “I would of done something,” when in reality, the contraction matches “would have”.

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  4. Wyatt "The Anglo-Celtic Hillwilliam" Collins -  June 18, 2015 - 1:04 pm

    Chyme (CH pronounced like K)
    Grout
    Kraut
    Learn
    Crust (But it sounds good if i think of pizza)

    And the name “Gunter”, when pronounced like “GOON-ter”

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  5. Roguefem76 -  June 17, 2015 - 11:52 pm

    “Crepuscular” It’s remarkably gross-sounding, yet the definition isn’t gross at all. It kind of makes you wonder how it came to have such an icky name.

    crepuscular
    [kri-puhs-kyuh-ler]
    adjective
    1. of, relating to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.
    2. Zoology. appearing or active in the twilight, as certain bats and insects.

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    • Bjorn -  June 23, 2015 - 1:51 am

      Gross? No, just French (crepuscule = twilight). But to an English-speaker any word with ‘pus’ in it probably sounds gross.

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  6. Jeph -  June 17, 2015 - 9:41 am

    Fluid. Ewww.

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    • Jeph -  June 17, 2015 - 9:42 am

      Also, ‘Nasty’.

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    • Hazy -  June 17, 2015 - 3:22 pm

      The grossest for me go together:
      pus
      ooze

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  7. Miriam -  June 15, 2015 - 1:04 pm

    Overuse of the word epic, especially when it is misused.

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    • surbhi -  June 18, 2015 - 11:05 pm

      so so true ! i hate its overuse :(

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  8. Nortoon -  June 14, 2015 - 12:29 pm

    Phlegm Oy vay!

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  9. Anonymous -  May 30, 2015 - 1:53 pm

    Chunky, puke, saliva, and fled just to name a few.

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  10. In -  May 29, 2015 - 9:47 am

    Always found booty to be an ugly word. I have no idea why, it just sounds annoying.

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  11. cybergirl1987 -  May 25, 2015 - 10:01 am

    tenderloin

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    • Doocey -  June 14, 2015 - 9:37 pm

      you go cyber girl i want to be you when i grow up

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  12. glob stopper -  May 15, 2015 - 5:01 pm

    Putrid

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    • Drew P. Weiner -  June 14, 2015 - 9:39 pm

      Glob stopper is pretty ugly

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  13. Dr. R. C. Hoffman IV -  May 13, 2015 - 11:23 am

    Here’s a short list of words that initiate my gag reflex:

    SMEGMA
    MUCUS
    MOIST
    FECULENT

    I was surprised, but glad to find so many others in agreement on “moist”.

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    • Paul -  May 17, 2015 - 10:03 am

      Undoubtedly, the American (not English) word:

      GULTCH

      wins. It is disgusting. Sounds like someone retching up some feculent, moist smegma and mucus.

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      • Jeff -  May 21, 2015 - 11:56 am

        Actually Paul, if you mean the word meaning a deep, narrow ravine, the word is “gulch” without the “t”. Still a bad-sounding word.

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      • Jean Lewis -  June 11, 2015 - 6:04 am

        Paul, if I’m retching up smegma, I have worse problems than my vocabulary!

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        • Doocey -  June 14, 2015 - 9:34 pm

          Silly Paul

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    • Amanda -  June 19, 2015 - 2:33 am

      I thought smega was the grossest sounding word even before I knew what it meant. I was so debating whether I should write it and you beat me to it!

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    • Erich -  June 24, 2015 - 12:05 pm

      Dr. R.C. Hoffman IV-
      Great choices!
      Mucus! Smegma! Feculent! MOIST!

      I had to buy a product with creepily labelled packaging recently for my baby daughter: “Moist flushable wipes” – the trifecta (which some here might find an ugly world) of oozy, slippery, juicy words!

      I also hate the sound of the word “tardy”.

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    • Sue H -  July 4, 2015 - 12:54 pm

      Oh my gosh!!! We just had this discussion at work and all but the last word were our least favorite words also!! I’m going to find the definition of the last word, though I think I know what it means. Have a good day! Sue

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  14. Joe -  May 7, 2015 - 8:56 am

    I think UGLY is an ugly word.

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  15. Jillbe -  May 3, 2015 - 2:15 pm

    Puss, for sure!

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    • Karen -  May 5, 2015 - 2:12 pm

      tote
      munch
      yummy

      honorable mention – amazing is overused

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    • Nicholas Chang -  May 5, 2015 - 6:54 pm

      NO, ITS “BLA” !!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Emma -  May 2, 2015 - 8:43 pm

    I can’t bring myself to use the word Funky. I had a relation who used to refer to things as being “funky fixed” and just typing it makes me cringe! It’s hideous!

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    • Emma -  May 2, 2015 - 8:44 pm

      Silly spell check! Should say funkyfied!

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  17. Dolfin Lover -  April 30, 2015 - 8:15 am

    mushroom and olives. MUSHROOMS are nasty in taste and just saying that and olive is just taste nasty :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

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    • Darby -  May 15, 2015 - 1:53 pm

      Correction! It should be the dreaded… BROCCOLI!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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  18. Princess Pleia -  April 28, 2015 - 7:32 pm

    Monokini, lavender, squelch, Caspian, flesh, uvula, undulate (sounds kinda wrong), flab, flaccid, ointment, hawk, pus (oh Dog don’t get me started), smorgasbord, pharynx, Lauren (a cruddy YouTuber named Lauren made her own name unpleasant and has a very annoying voice [I give link later if wants]), mackerel (if you say it nasty enough), perturb (maybe), wiener, MRSA, fluctuation, Papillon (the dog breed wannabe), and I will post more stuff if I can think of more words to post.

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    • Princess Pleia -  April 28, 2015 - 7:35 pm

      Also boop, school (not that bad, but an honorable mention), succulent (sounds like “suck”), thespian, LPS, Hygeia, and I will post more.

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    • Princess Pleia -  April 28, 2015 - 7:47 pm

      Also boop, school (honorable mention), succulent, Squirtle, squeeze, and Deuteronomy. Will probably post more.

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      • glob stopper -  May 15, 2015 - 4:52 pm

        Yea, practice the gross science of Deuteronomy. ;-)

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    • Princess Pleia -  April 28, 2015 - 7:57 pm

      Sorry for the accidental retype!

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      • Kim Jong UN -  May 28, 2015 - 7:36 am

        YUOR WELCOME

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    • Dolfin Lover -  April 30, 2015 - 7:57 am

      lavender is a beautiful word. and Caspian is a wonderful name Princess want-a-be.

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      • Sue H -  July 4, 2015 - 12:59 pm

        I wish we could have a “Like” button here!! I love (like) your comment!! Sue

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    • Lil Lisa -  April 30, 2015 - 4:24 pm

      Splinter
      Sphincters
      Ovulate
      Are grossly awkward.

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    • Jenny -  May 13, 2015 - 12:16 am

      Why lavender

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  19. Madison -  April 27, 2015 - 1:15 am

    Suculent. It’s just a really ugly kind of word

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    • Matt -  April 29, 2015 - 4:46 am

      I hate tabloid-invented words in general that then become ‘proper’ words because everyone starts using them.
      ‘Gobsmacked’ is probably my least favourite example.

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    • samdizzy -  April 29, 2015 - 10:45 am

      “Bodily fluids” I hate that term, why not use “Body Fluids” if that’s what they are?

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  20. Me -  April 25, 2015 - 9:09 pm

    Ah, well, that depends on the context. If we’re talking about words that evoke an unpleasant image, I’d go for these: moist, puss, lollipop, rotting, mold and damp. For words that are unpleasant to say/spell, I’d choose: obfuscate, internalize, onomatopoeia, judgment (hate that missing ‘e’), triskaidekaphobia.

    Obfuscate – to (intentionally) confuse or make unclear
    Onomatopoeia – a word whose definition is a sound (ex. boom, splat)
    Triskaidekaphobia – the fear of the number thirteen

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  21. john -  April 24, 2015 - 8:14 pm

    words with negative meaning

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  22. john -  April 24, 2015 - 7:51 pm

    words that result in a unattractive mental picture

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  23. amelia -  April 24, 2015 - 1:08 am

    bae. boo. cray cray. wtf people come on. if you use these, I’m sorry, you must be a lame. I bet you have been brainwashed by the media.. Jim Morrison knew what was up when he said, and I quote “who ever controls the media controls the mind” He’s a sexy brilliant genius in my opinion(=

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  24. Amanda -  April 23, 2015 - 4:46 am

    its a tie between guttural and slaw (yes, as in cole slaw)

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    • Wouldn't you like to know? -  April 24, 2015 - 12:08 pm

      slaw is a nasty word

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      • glob stopper -  May 15, 2015 - 4:58 pm

        Did you slay that cole? Naw, I slaw it.

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  25. kc -  April 21, 2015 - 10:15 am

    toenail

    I hate it!

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  26. Alo -  April 18, 2015 - 11:24 pm

    Lesbian.

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  27. toby -  April 17, 2015 - 9:18 am

    delerium

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  28. Hominem -  April 14, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    putrescene

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  29. Allie -  April 13, 2015 - 6:37 am

    moist
    saturated
    damp
    doused
    wet

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  30. David -  April 12, 2015 - 2:31 pm

    Flatulence is one of the grossest words that comes to mind.It is not just the word’s meaning but the act of saying and annunciating it almost feels as if it is some form of bio-movement.

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  31. jake -  April 5, 2015 - 7:03 pm

    Gesticulate

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  32. Antiscat -  March 27, 2015 - 8:03 am

    I cringe at the sound of all scatological words. We all know them but I can never bring myself to utter them in every-day discourse. Even the word “dung” sends me retching. All right already, bring in the shrink!

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  33. Chelle -  March 12, 2015 - 7:41 pm

    Bucolic!

    The image one endures when faced with “that word” is a sick and sweaty, perhaps plague-ridden nightmare of phlegm and mucous and wet, thick, gurgling coughs which gag forth huge gelatinous lung oysters.

    Green grass, gently rolling hills, white picket fences, abundant flower beds bursting forth in a rainbow array of color, and sunshine on sparkling white sheets drifting in the sweet scented air… NOT a scene captured by “that word”.

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    • m -  March 25, 2015 - 8:44 am

      I don’t like the word ROOF, it’s annoying to say, and to hear

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      • Linda -  March 28, 2015 - 11:01 pm

        succulent
        delicious
        whet your appetite
        bestie
        genre
        selfie

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    • Vic -  March 27, 2015 - 7:24 am

      I despise two words:
      1. disease, as used commonly.
      When broken down to dis-ease it is tolerable and dealt with more easily.
      2. hate, when used prejudicially. When used against a negative condition or falsity though, it can be useful and difficult to synonym-ize.
      There are other specific words that evoke images of disgust, generally biological in nature as describing an object, creature or the stuff that comes out of them for one reason or another. The list of those squishy-gishy-yukky words would be looonnnngggg.

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    • Antiscat -  March 27, 2015 - 8:17 am

      What an excellent argument for choosing “bucolic.” For sure it is not onomatopoetic.

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  34. Kate -  March 12, 2015 - 11:49 am

    Lunch. Sticks in my throat and makes me want to lose mine! People laugh at me when I call it a “mid-day meal”. Brunch is okay though. So is bunch and hunch. It’s that darned “L” at the beginning. Yuck.

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    • Maryann -  March 14, 2015 - 9:46 pm

      PUS….ssssssoooooo grossssssssssssss!!

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      • Dolfin Lover -  April 30, 2015 - 8:00 am

        that is SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO grossssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss and the word flatulence

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    • Adam -  March 18, 2015 - 1:38 pm

      I hate the word “meal”, we would never agree!

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      • Agatha -  June 15, 2015 - 8:04 pm

        UGH THE WORD “MEAL” MAKES ME WANT TO WRETCH
        At my school, the lunch ladies write different food options on the menu, including things such as “the bagel meal,” “the yoghurt meal,” or the worst of them all, calling spaghetti “the meatball meal”. BLOODY HORRID! I don’t think they will ever be capable of writing or saying anything remotely lovely.

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  35. Sue -  March 10, 2015 - 2:33 pm

    ooze

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  36. Simply Steve -  March 10, 2015 - 8:29 am

    How about masticate?

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    • bob -  March 11, 2015 - 11:43 am

      i agree

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  37. Simply Steve -  March 10, 2015 - 8:28 am

    kumquat – a citrus plant producing orange-like olive-sized fruit.

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    • Kay -  April 24, 2015 - 11:59 am

      Gross lol

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    • Wouldn't you like to know? -  April 24, 2015 - 12:10 pm

      that nasty

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  38. Elyse -  March 9, 2015 - 11:43 am

    Squirt…

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  39. Ava -  March 9, 2015 - 8:21 am

    Smegma.

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    • Jack -  April 11, 2015 - 12:05 pm

      Oh yeah, that’s a gross one. Top ten for sure.

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  40. makya -  March 9, 2015 - 5:46 am

    “Louse” would be the number one, with its plural equivalent as the runner-up.

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  41. Síbín -  March 9, 2015 - 3:46 am

    Has anyone thought about the word “reciprocal” ? I really can’t stand the sound of it. it sounds aggressive to me…

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    • sad -  March 9, 2015 - 1:44 pm

      I agree. I also have issues when I try to say it during school

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      • sensible person -  April 20, 2015 - 9:06 pm

        don’t say it then!!

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  42. Sam -  March 3, 2015 - 12:48 pm

    Ooze takes the title

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  43. Jordy -  February 20, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    Chewy, slaughter, grudge

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  44. anus -  February 4, 2015 - 8:00 am

    GOVERNMENT (govern-to steer or control and ment-mental/mind) which is mind control,

    GUNT which is slang for Government Cunt-roll (or cunt-troll)

    GOD – This is just DOG backwards

    DOGMAI = I AM GOD backwards

    i am the DROL your DOG

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    • Derpybunneh -  March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm

      You’re message is kinda offensive, BTW.

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      • An annoying smart-arse -  April 25, 2015 - 2:02 am

        Is it offensive because he uses ‘god’ inappropriately?

        If there was a god do you really think he would be offended by some shill typing random comments into a website?
        Don’t you think it’s incredibly blasphemous of you to attempt to protect the feelings of a super powerful entity.

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        • Jenny -  May 13, 2015 - 12:23 am

          This is more entertaining than Fox News

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    • Charles Day -  April 2, 2015 - 6:25 pm

      Agreed. A little offensive. But I’m so naming my next dog DROL. Especially if the dog is amusing.

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      • combativeThinker -  April 23, 2015 - 8:41 am

        Droll, huh? In order to assign a dog that moniker, it must possess a modicum of derpiness.
        Also, ^^^this guy. What even is his deal? Get a life, buddy.

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    • i object -  April 23, 2015 - 3:58 pm

      i disagree with everyone. This is awesome

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    • shyam -  April 24, 2015 - 12:09 am

      The lord is a loving shepherd/…is a shoving
      leopard…

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  45. Lisa -  February 2, 2015 - 12:31 pm

    ‘Keith,’ , I know its name but it’s minging like nails down a blackboard..
    Them most depressing word is Slag.

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  46. nathan -  February 2, 2015 - 4:36 am

    gash

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    • millie -  February 4, 2015 - 6:34 am

      Grossest.

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  47. nathan -  February 2, 2015 - 4:26 am

    GASH!

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  48. Jody Tucker -  January 31, 2015 - 11:02 pm

    What about fungal? Or vapid?

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    • combativeThinker -  April 23, 2015 - 8:42 am

      Gore.

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  49. Hannah Leonard -  January 29, 2015 - 12:01 pm

    There are a lot of good words and some intriguing words, but I think “snot” is a pretty gross word. It conjures up all manner of disgusting images. Of course, “puke” does, too, so take your pick. :^)

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  50. coneyro -  January 28, 2015 - 8:12 pm

    The ugliest word IMO is prejudice. No other word in history has caused humanity to become the worst of itself.

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    • yahyahyah -  February 3, 2015 - 12:54 pm

      this is dumb. we also show prejudice if we like one food more than another or prefer to go to one restaurant over another. It just means that you prefer one thing more than another thing. We only ever seem to apply it to people for some reason.

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      • gerald eason -  April 15, 2015 - 4:03 am

        JERRY – So true ! The same goes for discrimination. We all do this thousands of times each day. With out it a human couldn’t function. Indeed a RADAR would be of little use without its Discriminator which picks up moving targets via the Doppler effect. Politically Correctness hardens words to suit it’s applied psychological efforts to control the masses as if you are unable to think properly your self with common sense. PC and Dictatorship are one and the same and I despise the word DICTATOR ! PC is propagated by the not so free mainstream media.

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  51. I'd_rather_not_say -  January 27, 2015 - 7:47 pm

    I have to admit, the word “clavicle” makes me uncomfortable…

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  52. T -  January 26, 2015 - 3:02 pm

    Hypocrisy

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  53. Sherine Ziady -  January 23, 2015 - 7:57 am

    nausea; I feel nauseated every time i utter that word

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  54. Everett -  January 22, 2015 - 10:25 am

    Masticate, Mastication, and Masticator should win something, if for no other reason than people are horrified when you accuse them of it or warn them you’re about to do it. It means to chew, in case you didn’t know.

    A rather abrasive radio DJ did a show where he kept promising to have a woman on, later that day, who was going to “masticate on a banana”. I couldn’t stop laughing as all the opinionated, uneducated people called in to yell at him about how he was corrupting our children with such talk. I personally thought anybody that mistook the word and called in was corrupting our children.

    I don’t think I knew what it was at the time, but I knew that I didn’t know, so I looked it up right away and started laughing.

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    • Kit Snicket -  March 9, 2015 - 12:26 am

      My, that is pure brilliance. I agree wholeheartedly.

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    • Chelle -  March 12, 2015 - 7:49 pm

      Good for you! When in doubt look it up. So simple, yet so few people seem to do it. A lot of people seem to be confusing the meaning of the word with the word itself as well.

      In that case flatulence may be a good one, because so many people appear to have mastered practicing it orally or through their fingertips. *wink-smile*

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    • Charles Day -  April 2, 2015 - 6:29 pm

      Much like the politician from the early 20th century who questioned his opponent’s character because his sister was a thespian. (At least the sister in question was an actress.)

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  55. Mikal -  January 21, 2015 - 12:56 pm

    Gotta go with “bulbous.”

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  56. Slayerwulfe (@slayerwulfe) -  January 20, 2015 - 8:14 am

    Aphasia

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  57. Anomyous -  January 18, 2015 - 4:04 pm

    eww

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  58. Dave C. -  January 18, 2015 - 5:47 am

    The use of ‘Toddler’ to describe a young child really annoys me.

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    • An annoying smart-arse -  April 25, 2015 - 2:10 am

      I totally agree.

      Kid is less annoying but I still don’t use it. I don’t even use it to mean joking.

      When people ask me if I’m kidding I tell them that “no, I’m lambing”. Confused faces usually ensue.

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  59. Stellaria -  January 17, 2015 - 12:23 pm

    Human. I do not like that word nor the object one bit >:P

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    • yucky yucky poo poo -  April 20, 2015 - 10:18 pm

      are you a misanthrope by any chance?!??!?!?

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  60. A random person -  January 5, 2015 - 2:31 pm

    Yekaterinberg. I’m sorry Russia.

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    • A random person -  January 5, 2015 - 2:46 pm

      I also hate scallop. especially when it’s pronounced ‘scollop’. It just makes me want to puke.

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      • A random person -  January 5, 2015 - 2:51 pm

        Me and my friends love the words geek and nerd to describe ourselves, but get really fed up when people use them as insults, so based on context, I genuinly despise the word jock. It should be jork. That’s a portmanteau of jerk and jock. Unless the jock is one of my friends. Than they are a jerd or a jeek.

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        • a human -  January 8, 2015 - 6:41 pm

          agreed……i am a geek as well

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        • Kathleen list -  April 17, 2015 - 3:24 pm

          “My friends and I” – a courtesy giving them primacy in your discourse , “my friends and I” subject of the following sentence. English Teacher.

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      • Joe -  January 12, 2015 - 1:12 pm

        Chunky. That word is just yuk!

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      • mary alice -  March 14, 2015 - 1:39 pm

        Ick!!! That word is terrible! I haven’t thought that anyone else’s suggestions were gross at all. I love reciprocal, vapid, and even snot! But reading, “scallop,” especially with your phonetic spelling “scollop” actually gave me a strong, visceral response. Ewww!!!!!

        I also can’t STAND the word “chuckle.”

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        • Jen -  March 19, 2015 - 4:10 pm

          I hate CHUCKLE,too!
          Also GIGGLE – especially for a man.
          MUNCH is another one I don’t like….”munching their sandwiches”.
          Fits in with LUNCH,which a previous writer dislikes.
          Also MALCOLM. And GLADYS.

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          • yucky -  April 20, 2015 - 10:21 pm

            and Jen

  61. Esmeralda Anistasia -  January 5, 2015 - 8:01 am

    Based, not on meaning, not even on sound, but on the sensation created in my mouth and throat, I choose, as my least favourite word, get.
    That’s right. Get. I would have chosen grek, but that’s not actually a word.

    …now my throat hurts…

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  62. Akqguy -  January 3, 2015 - 1:27 pm

    Lugubrious. Hate it.

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  63. Kaitlin -  December 27, 2014 - 10:54 pm

    Squirt or any variation of the word

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    • S Zimmerman -  January 2, 2015 - 4:35 am

      urp. meaning to vomit or through up. But “urp” by far is the worst.

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  64. Gentry -  December 20, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Function

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  65. Mike -  December 8, 2014 - 11:51 am

    Muculent

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  66. Jonathan -  December 6, 2014 - 11:44 am

    First, I want to say that I think the goal is to list words that sound and/or ‘taste’ [for lack of better terminology] beautiful or gross; or, in other words, ‘vocalize’ beautifully or grossly, as to whatever the case may be, on the tongue, palate, teeth and/or gums or in the throat, not what their definitions and meanings are nor what they conjure up (in the mind or anywhere else). Though I’m probably wrong about that. Oh well.

    And now, my selections: Grossest- Clam. Most beautiful- Closest.

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  67. see -  November 12, 2014 - 11:07 am

    Tarantula. a giant hairy spider.

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    • emmy -  December 7, 2014 - 8:42 pm

      juice

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  68. Rox -  November 8, 2014 - 8:36 am

    The word “dollop” makes me want to hang myself with a wire coat hanger.

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    • ben -  January 3, 2015 - 8:55 am

      hahahahahahahahahahaha!

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      • ab_by_fraz_ier -  February 2, 2015 - 5:50 pm

        Germoligy. Hate it. It makes me want
        to throw up

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  69. William Nairatre -  November 5, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    mucus

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    • Abs -  November 22, 2014 - 9:57 am

      I agree

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      • a human -  January 8, 2015 - 6:43 pm

        yup, totally

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        • Cliff -  January 15, 2015 - 12:31 pm

          diarrhea

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        • Kimberly -  January 31, 2015 - 1:19 pm

          I too cannot stand the word yup! I would even prefer to hear yep over YUP, Nobody say’s that in real life like the way it’s written. y+up. I see this a lot on social media.

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  70. Zarlem -  October 17, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Wow. There are some weird ones in here. I think I’ll add my own weird one :3
    Confection. It means dessert, but for some reason, I just hate it.
    It might be because it reminds me of the scene in Matilda (The Movie) where the kid has to eat an entire chocolate cake and almost throws up.
    Anyway, there ya go :3

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    • ssdshanky -  December 16, 2014 - 2:40 am

      And it rhymes with infection.

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  71. Joey -  October 17, 2014 - 8:03 am

    peuce-what an ugly color!

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    • David Kim -  January 21, 2015 - 3:53 pm

      It’s spelled “puce”.

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      • Brandon -  April 2, 2015 - 1:52 am

        It’s actually spelled both ways, as well as peuse.

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        • tacj -  April 20, 2015 - 10:25 pm

          you’re all wrong- it’s pooce

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  72. Mtn. Dude -  September 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Dingleberry, Buttfruit

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    • brandon -  September 29, 2014 - 7:10 am

      I really hate the word Suckle

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      • Tye -  October 17, 2014 - 7:59 am

        I hate the words: Egg, Hatch, & Larvae

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      • S Radhakrishnan -  October 17, 2014 - 8:36 am

        Mushroom.

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    • Larry -  October 17, 2014 - 6:58 am

      Why wouldn’t “grossest” be the grossest-sounding word in the English Language?

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      • Charles Day -  April 2, 2015 - 6:33 pm

        You are the clear winner. Congratulations.

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    • Lee -  October 17, 2014 - 8:07 am

      The word “shit” wins the grossest word in the English language hands down.

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      • Anomyous -  January 18, 2015 - 3:58 pm

        I totally agree with you

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        • Frieda -  February 1, 2015 - 5:31 pm

          I also agree. Along with “boob.”

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          • Dolfin Lover -  April 30, 2015 - 8:10 am

            To true

      • david -  February 4, 2015 - 12:21 am

        store high in transit, the acronym s.h.i.t. probably saved many lives and ships. my grossest word , shmegma…or however it’s spelled.

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    • Catchers mom -  October 17, 2014 - 8:25 am

      always hated the word ‘woman’ sounds old and ‘puffy’ to me.

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      • Caz -  December 9, 2014 - 2:21 am

        if u say u hate the word ‘woman’ it will make some women angry and think ur sexist, u do realize that? plus my grossest word is damp because u can mostly describe certain things (don’t everything) like:
        That cake was nice and ‘sweet’.
        That cake was nice and ‘damp’.
        See what i mean because it spoils things

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        • Progressive now means disingenuous -  May 31, 2015 - 3:40 pm

          Progressive now means disingenuous.

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      • sally -  December 14, 2014 - 11:56 am

        Now there’s a self-hating woman for you. What do you prefer? The prissy ‘lady’? Girl (no matter how old)?

        Men are proud of the word Man. I’m proud of the word Woman. Be proud or be quiet.

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      • Kristin -  January 31, 2015 - 12:40 pm

        that’s funny I don’t like it either (and I am a “woman” ulch) know what’s WORSE than the word “woman”? : “womanly” hate that word. About why the word “woman” bothers me so much- it is what Catcher’s mom said- sounds “old and puffy”. I really cannot describe the icky feeling I get when I hear that word. It’s… just ugly.

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        • Dolfin Lover -  April 30, 2015 - 8:07 am

          i would rather be a called a tom boy any day. especially when my mom tells be to be lady like at church.

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    • Jen -  March 19, 2015 - 4:15 pm

      And the word BUTT.

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  73. Mystery to all -  September 23, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    I don’t get it. All of these (almost) are crazy words! Moist??? WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?!?!?!?! Gross= Bluck. It’s a word, before you say it’s not. Mix between bleh and yuck. Just saying it makes you feel sick. :-(

    P.S. I LOVE saying kumquat! So… FUN! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?!

    P.P.S. Still need to know about italics and bold.

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    • a human -  January 8, 2015 - 6:46 pm

      kumquat….love the word and the fruit!

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    • Dolfin Lover -  April 30, 2015 - 8:09 am

      it is fun to say :) :) Caspian is wonderful how could nobody say it “gross” ??????? i feel :( at the person how said that :( sssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooo :(

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  74. Shadow -  September 16, 2014 - 8:28 am

    gross!!! duh

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  75. web -  September 7, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Clabbered

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  76. Renee -  August 27, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    my friend told me about this word she heard in English. Djibouti( jabooti) and its located ind Africa. its the weirdest sounding word I’ve ever heard.

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    • Kristin -  January 31, 2015 - 12:42 pm

      Hold on- you’ve NEVER heard of Djibouti? I am a little depressed right now. Granted- I did not attend American public school. I AM American however – but just a little angry and depressed this person has never heard of Djibouti…

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      • Tangled in Yarn -  April 19, 2015 - 5:39 am

        Why would you be angry and depressed that someone has never heard of Djibouti? There’s a small town in Louisiana called “Bunkie”, have you ever heard of that? I’m sure you haven’t unless you are from that area. I’m not angry or depressed about it.

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      • Fred -  April 24, 2015 - 1:18 am

        Had to weigh in here if we are talking ugly sounding places. How ’bout ‘Lake Titicaca’. Couldn’t say that word/place out loud if It was million dollar answer on WW2BAMillionaire?

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  77. Caitriona -  August 25, 2014 - 2:11 am

    Squelch

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  78. Mr. Fluffy -  August 24, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    The word that sounds the grossest to me isn’t really a word. It’s the letter y in the French alphabet (i grec). It’s not so bad if you say it in English but if you say it with the French-y r sound, it’s gross. Mucus also is gross to me.

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    • Lavosse -  January 23, 2015 - 12:45 pm

      In Spanish, the letter Y is pronounced I-gri-ay-ga, with a rolled ‘r’.

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      • jacobk2000 -  February 4, 2015 - 3:58 am

        German

        Oopsilon

        (Oops-ill-on)

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  79. Noah -  August 14, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Lard

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    • paul -  July 6, 2014 - 7:10 pm

      Please consider umbrage and the absolutely revolting webinar.

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      • atomicj -  January 16, 2015 - 12:46 pm

        “Webinar” sounds like a planet that the Enterprise might visit, maybe inhabited by large, gross, belligerent spiders or something. (smile) A word I just learned that seems to alternate between funny and gross in my mind is “absquatulate”. It’s an archaic, slang, pompous-sounding, pseudo-Latin word meaning, simply, to leave. (Mostly, though, I think it is funnier than it is gross.) My REAL vote for grossest word is “jism”. I don’t think the thing it happens to describe necessarily has to be gross, but this word, when applied to it, just seems to make it so.

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  80. Tradd -  May 11, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Milk.

    Really the word for milk is ugly in any language.

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    • Sani -  June 5, 2014 - 8:02 pm

      Babe

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    • John -  August 2, 2014 - 6:09 pm

      Especially in French.

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    • Mystery to all -  September 23, 2014 - 4:39 pm

      I do NOT think “milk” is gross-sounding! >:-( then again, i only know it in English… would you mind typing other languages for mil and pronunciations? Also how do yo italicize and bold?

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      • Mystery to all -  September 23, 2014 - 5:03 pm

        By “>:-(” I meant angry face… my computer didn’t do it. :-(

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      • Tradd -  December 28, 2014 - 4:19 pm

        Milk in German is ‘milch’
        In Spanish, it’s “leche.”
        It jut sounds gross to me. I’m also lactose intolerant, so that might be part of it.

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        • Me -  January 24, 2015 - 2:02 am

          in french, it’s ‘lait’ (pronounced lay)
          italian, ‘latte’ (surely we all know how to say that…)
          dutch, ‘melk’ (if that sounds gross, try ‘melktorte’ – some slippery, snotty, cold concoction that flops all over you ‘if’ you want to eat it…

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      • Maika -  April 5, 2015 - 5:08 pm

        Chinese, pronounced “nai” (third tone, so your voice pitch goes down then up, like you’re nodding with your voice). It for some reason reminds me of sticky fluids.
        Japanese, the word is just taken from the English, so “miruku”. Much more slippery-sounding than other languages, in my opinion. (Although you also have the other option of using archaic words that involve “breast” – including one directly translated to “breast juice” – which thus will involve “nu” or “nyu” somewhere in the word. The other part of the words isn’t better; “breast juice” is pronounced as “nyujuu”)

        Hungarian has it much better. It’s “tej”, prounouced “tey”.

        And from the little Russian I know, it’s romanized “moloko”, and it’s not as gross as in other languages.

        So it’s not always terrible, but it seems that in many languages it’s quite yucky.

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    • Majella -  December 26, 2014 - 3:42 am

      no it sound nice in swiss “milch” is should know. i’m swiss

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      • Maika -  April 5, 2015 - 4:59 pm

        But don’t they speak German in Switzerland?

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    • Dolfin Lover -  April 30, 2015 - 8:12 am

      and i taste NNNNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTTTTYYYYYYYYYYYYY :( :( :(

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  81. Violet -  April 17, 2014 - 3:21 am

    Unctuous

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    • Johana -  June 21, 2014 - 8:01 am

      opulent, payamas, yolk

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  82. Violet -  April 17, 2014 - 3:19 am

    phlegm

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  83. David F -  April 13, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    I strongly dislike the word, “surreal”, because it seems to be the most misused, yet overused, word of the decade.

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  84. Tanya Billett -  April 13, 2014 - 6:48 am

    SWAB ick ick ick I detest the word SWAB

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  85. Damian -  April 12, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    “seagull” is the worst. Saying it aloud just throws me off.

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  86. jihn -  April 10, 2014 - 8:03 am

    ROTTEN or RANCID

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  87. Deba -  April 9, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    For me, the word mucus is awful.

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  88. leila -  April 9, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    Moist curdle

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  89. Pavel -  April 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

    I have lived in this country for 45 years still disliking the words ending with ‘ther’: further, farther, father, weather (this one particularly in winter). Especially when singing sound such words crummy.

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    • xtcgirl.357 -  April 9, 2014 - 4:41 pm

      Smegma

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      • Samuel DeVore -  August 25, 2014 - 12:27 pm

        I think that is one of the grossest ones I’ve heard

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        • Samuel DeVore -  August 25, 2014 - 12:33 pm

          Smegma is the worst sounding and meaning of all the words mentioned and I think that the grossest word in the English language should have both of these elements.

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          • Senior in South Jersey -  October 19, 2014 - 12:13 pm

            I strongly agree, ergo, the worst word for me is fart.

          • Anomyous -  January 18, 2015 - 4:02 pm

            um but what does it mean

      • Lori -  October 17, 2014 - 11:39 am

        I am with you on that!

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  90. tom -  April 9, 2014 - 7:29 am

    as in: lets rock .

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  91. Hulagirl@Heart -  April 9, 2014 - 6:38 am

    Viscous

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  92. Rgardengloves -  April 9, 2014 - 5:38 am

    For me, it is a tossup between phlegm and bile.

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  93. Sav -  April 9, 2014 - 4:38 am

    Moist. Ughhhhh the nastiest word ever.

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  94. Liz -  April 9, 2014 - 4:14 am

    I agree with Ilene – Vomit and Snot

    Both sound horrible!

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    • PatTeaCakes -  September 25, 2014 - 8:54 pm

      OK, of all the above that I have read so far, these were the only two that really made me react most strongly as being just totally yucky!!

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    • Anomyous -  January 18, 2015 - 4:03 pm

      mm hmm

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  95. turdimbaqwee -  April 8, 2014 - 6:40 pm

    Bistro

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  96. Ilene -  April 8, 2014 - 1:35 am

    vomit

    snot

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  97. Joshua -  April 3, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Toy Boat is two words that for some reason I can not say to many times over.

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  98. Andrea -  April 1, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Panty.

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    • Leo -  June 17, 2014 - 1:23 pm

      U r stupied

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      • Xlandria -  September 8, 2014 - 12:11 am

        It’s spelled “STUPID”.

        what? Did you think spell check was wrong?

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  99. Andrea -  March 31, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    Moist

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  100. kimmaj -  March 30, 2014 - 6:58 am

    As a teenager the word adolescent, pimple and two put together ‘fruit cup’ would make me cringe…add to the list moist and crunch.

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  101. Jawsh -  March 29, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    MEAL DEAL

    THE REAL MEAL DEAL

    SEAL THE REAL MEAL DEAL

    //////////////////////////////

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  102. fer -  March 29, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    I haven’t read all almost 3000 comments but I haven’t seen ‘minutiae’. I have no idea why it sounds so awful to me.

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  103. Robert Seiden -  March 28, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Drizzle

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  104. Robert Seiden -  March 28, 2014 - 7:51 am

    DRIZZLE. I really don’t know why. Perhaps because it is a word so overused lately by inarticulate cooks and chefs on TV. I also think some of participants in this survey may need to check with their psychoanalysts regarding their choices. It sounds like a lot of people feel negatively about their body parts and sexuality in general.

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  105. JRZGRl1 -  March 27, 2014 - 12:36 pm

    Incentivize

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  106. Michael -  March 27, 2014 - 7:37 am

    TAINT

    VEGGIES

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  107. laurabm -  March 25, 2014 - 4:52 am

    NUDE

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  108. Mary -  March 24, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    blanch and pus

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  109. Michel -  March 24, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Not sure why “moist” unnerves some people. The word conjures up images of cake and sponges for me. How about these terms below:
    phlegm, uber, sauerkraut, glockenspiel, schnauzer, doppelganger, amoeba etc.

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    • Alec -  May 30, 2014 - 10:14 pm

      Spongecake?

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  110. Grace -  March 23, 2014 - 9:32 am

    “Pardon” when you know the other person indeed heard you. It’s made more like a political statement than actually asking to be excused for not hearing it right. Same goes the “I’m sorry?” So annoying.

    PS. Nippe and moist are also up there for me.

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  111. Jenni -  March 22, 2014 - 10:54 am

    BLUDGEONED is the grossest I think Ick

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  112. larry -  March 18, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    ipecac

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    • monier -  August 25, 2014 - 12:45 pm

      this^

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      • Mystery to all -  September 23, 2014 - 4:43 pm

        You mean your “name,” which I won’t type for your sake?

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  113. b -  March 18, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    saliva

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  114. jeet bhatia -  March 17, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Saute and Poach

    Just doesn’t sound englishy!

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  115. glenn -  March 17, 2014 - 3:12 am

    regurgitate

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  116. K.E.G. -  March 16, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    ooze
    boil
    smother
    larvae
    mildew

    UGGGGGHH!!!!!

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  117. dan -  March 16, 2014 - 7:19 am

    smegma. gross in sound, imagery, and actuality.

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  118. Drepa Rugl -  March 15, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Moist and ointment are the two worst words in the English language.

    A phrase with both of these slowly pronounced would make me cringe.

    I think most of the words people have commented about really have gross definitions.

    Neither of the definitions of moist and ointment make them gross. They just sound horrific.

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    • SE -  April 11, 2015 - 5:58 pm

      Interesting… I’ve been perplexed about “moist” being considered gross, because as another commenter noted above, I think of “moist” as meaning fresh like bakery cake and “ointment” as referring to refreshing relief from a cooling salve.

      Your explanation about the grossness being due to the ugly sound of the words helps — in a way. I think, though, that “moist” and “ointment” resemble too many other words to be that gross-sounding in particular.

      Is the ugliness of the sound merely the blend of the vowels “oi” together? That doesn’t follow through with other words, does it? Does the word “choice” bother you, too? “Voice?” Do you also cringe at the words “coin,” “loin,” “join,” “joint,” “point,” and so on? Is it nerve-wrecking when you have an “appointment?” “Disappointment” must be devastating for you. The sounds aren’t that dissimilar, but their possible connotations are much more powerful and suggestive than their sounds. Although some people see “moist” and “ointment” as either pleasant or neutral in tone, each of the words also has an ominous, dark side.

      My theory why “moist” and “ointment” bother more people than other “oi” words is that “moist” can have a connotation of a swamp or half-wet, soppy place (hmmm)… and “ointment” can connote an oozing, slick lubricant.

      Excuse the graphic visuals and double entendres, but I really believe that the naughty/negative, or dark connotations — the emotional connection to the words — are leading to the aversion, not just the sounds of these particular “oi” words.

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  119. Brad -  March 15, 2014 - 11:43 am

    spunk

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  120. griffin -  March 15, 2014 - 7:51 am

    “Blog”, “business”, “employment”, “corporation”, “bank” “globalisation”, “terrorism”, “government”, “political party”, “facebook”, “google”, and all the words in your “dictionary of business”,… oh and “lifestyle brand” like.. what the fuck? really?

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    • Frieda -  February 1, 2015 - 5:44 pm

      Blog is one of the ugliest words words to come out of electronica. Also, lifestyle and community, wherever they first came from. However, I do like the word ointment. When you need one, you need one.

      I am happy to find a group as sensitive to sound as I am, as peculiar as those sensitivities may be.

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  121. Jack -  March 14, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Rural and hate

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  122. Anne -  March 14, 2014 - 6:29 am

    Ointment. It’s just so awkward to say, doesn’t roll easily. Also Moist.

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    • Cool Chick -  December 11, 2014 - 2:42 pm

      I SO agree!

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  123. Simone M -  March 13, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Belch
    Burp
    Retch

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  124. Summer -  March 13, 2014 - 5:34 pm

    Stupid words that make me feel creepy:

    bangs bap beef belly birth bladder boob brunch burger buttock chortle chuckle chum corn cuss Fallopian tubes fart fetus funky grunt jam lesbian meal meat nourish nugget pee penis penile peonies piss placenta polyp pork prostate pubic puberty puerile puke puma (British pronunciation) razzmatazz rectum sass scrotum scrummy (British) smegma stool supper swaddle tit toe turd udder

    Abbreviations such as “mag” or “veggie”. Someone finds magazines and vegetables so scary that they have to invent cutesy words to make them sound less threatening?

    Essex/Sussex made me want to run away screaming when I was a kid.

    British sexual slang words make sex sound both infantilized and repulsive.

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  125. Mr Malark -  March 13, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Plop.

    I think you all know what I’m talking about, right? I think you all know what I’m talking about.

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  126. Jason -  March 13, 2014 - 11:07 am

    Moist Flesh Nuggets in the Pocketbook in my Slacks. I can get my wife and 2 daughters to shreek with that sentance which contains one or more words they all find to be gross.

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    • Ann -  September 16, 2014 - 9:53 am

      The Correct spelling is: shriek

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    • G.E. Hoostal -  April 7, 2015 - 7:18 am

      …and: sentence.

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  127. MaryLou -  March 12, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Booger.

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  128. casper -  March 11, 2014 - 10:58 am

    I can’t believe no one mentioned
    “felching” how gross is that?

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  129. Rhov -  March 11, 2014 - 8:55 am

    Many years ago, some classmates of mine took a poll like this. Granted, we were high schoolers and immature little brats. The top 5 were:

    1) Nugget
    2) Scrotum
    3) Flesh
    4) Larvae
    5) Queef

    We’re not sure how “nugget” got on there, but as soon as the suggester said that word, we all cringed just a little. It’s a bizarre sound that gets choked in your throat.

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  130. Conni -  March 5, 2014 - 8:35 am

    It Sucks. I hate the sound of it. More than that, I hate the modern definition and its obvious origin. I believe it comes from the Homophobia population who, when they learned exactly what happens in the gay community, started using it in a derogatory way along with Fudgepacker, Queer, Cocksucker, etc. I am surprised the Gay Community has not banned this word, adding it to the list of words that are against the law.
    It has actually leaked into the comics section of our local newspaper. The SUCK word is even worse than the F word.

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  131. P K -  February 28, 2014 - 10:14 pm

    Most cumbersome:

    onomatopoeic

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  132. Andrew Ritter -  February 28, 2014 - 10:53 am

    After reading all of the comments, I would suggest that the various selections say much more about the choosing person than about the chosen words.

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  133. Connie Sahn -  February 28, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Pus just sounds so terrible.

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  134. Gloowe6127 -  February 27, 2014 - 9:28 pm

    Puke. How could vomit be worse than that.

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  135. corymac -  February 27, 2014 - 8:31 pm

    Flesh.

    Still terrible… I forgot to add that a friend pointed out that a lot of words with Germanic roots, like “flesh,” sound and feel harsh and terrible to English speakers. I wonder how many words on here stem from Germanic roots?…

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  136. corymac -  February 27, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    Flesh.

    That word is so disgusting. I hate saying it, and thinking about it, even hearing it. It sounds so raw, oozing cartilage, spewing carnage, and the masticating of fresh hamburgery muscle-skin by a slobbery carnivorous dinosaur! BLEH

    I am happy to see that there are other “f” (5-letter) word haters out there. Cheers people!

    I used to think that “swell” was a pretty disgusting word. And a word I adored, but now hate is “aspire,” due its adjectival form which describes a lot of people who enjoy stepping all over their friends/others to “get places” in life (as in “the aspiring tool does anything he can to get face time with management”).

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  137. Doug -  February 27, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    synecdochical, unguent, purulence, puerile, putrefaction, infestation, larvae, egg sacs, molting, sloughing

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  138. Doug -  February 27, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    synecdochical

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  139. Trevor -  February 27, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Moist

    Smegma

    Wankle Rotary Engine

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  140. amy lynn -  February 27, 2014 - 4:52 am

    lubricious

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  141. balshera -  February 25, 2014 - 6:42 am

    I agree with Mantha 8225

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  142. M -  February 24, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    “Rural” –It just feels horrible to say.

    And “supple”. Just…..no.

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  143. Awkward Words -  February 21, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    I vote for angina. I have a whole list of them on my website!

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  144. steve marvin -  February 14, 2014 - 5:53 am

    egg nog

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  145. Edward Tweed -  February 13, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Ironically I think the answer lies in L. Possibly one of the more gentle sounding of the all the letters within the English alphabet. E.G. Lattice, languid, lobotomy, Licentious, lascivious, lack, lacquered, list, lamp, lewd. Any of these could be a gruesome torture on an alien planet or at least a way of consuming something that fall hither from ones being. Obviously if Aliens spoke the same words but had different meanings attached to them..

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  146. Jorge -  February 13, 2014 - 2:19 pm

    Syringe
    Cringe
    Supple

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  147. Josiah -  February 13, 2014 - 8:48 am

    Meanings aside and going only by the way they sound, guttural sounds are mostly the worst:
    clog
    cluck
    glottal
    glug (swallow noisily, quickly)
    goal
    gold
    guttural

    Adding a little account for meaning brings up a few new words
    I Hate LoL, it should be . . . burned.
    zit
    suck
    sewage

    Judging based only on meaning, it bothers me that people say literally when the situation is anything but literal, but that is not really gross…
    I guess it would be kill. As cliche as that is… it has a pretty terrible range of meanings.

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  148. briandallas -  February 13, 2014 - 8:23 am

    yacht

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  149. Heidelburg -  February 13, 2014 - 8:13 am

    OINTMENT
    lump
    pustule/pus
    slit
    penis
    vagina
    wart
    spew
    scrotum
    mucous
    membrane
    lance
    putrid

    I could go on all day…
    lump

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  150. aMYz -  February 13, 2014 - 12:33 am

    Haboob (dust storm)
    It sounds awfully strange, is hard to say and might imply something else to those of us who don’t know it’s meaning!!

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  151. Comcifer -  February 12, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    I also go with “Caucus,” and “Fecund”, suggested by Riley A.

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  152. Comcifer -  February 12, 2014 - 11:43 pm

    I extracted a couple words from my limited vocabulary which I find to be pretty gross-sounding: “Viscous,” “Kangaroo,” and “Sloth.”

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  153. Jeff -  February 12, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    blood, pus, artery, and cough are all anti-music to my ears

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  154. Lexi -  February 12, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    moist
    gunk
    flub
    glue
    mucus
    gluttony
    oily

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  155. Jennie C. -  February 12, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    pus

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  156. MAWHAHAHAHA.ITS.777.AGAIN -  February 12, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    PLOOP,SHLOOP,YEAST,SHIFT<SHAFT,SQUIRT

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  157. Tracy -  February 12, 2014 - 10:58 am

    The word “BLACK” when others pronounce it phonetically

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  158. agrant -  February 12, 2014 - 10:39 am

    kumquat… its a fruit but it just sounds bad.

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  159. Katie -  February 11, 2014 - 9:59 pm

    Blood

    It’s not so much the meaning as the prounounciation(sorry blanked on how to spell that). The bluh makes people puff out their lips when they say blood and grosses me out.

    Also squish, although it doesn’t irk me as much as blood. The way squish is said is just unpleasant. Skwish.

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  160. Devyn -  February 11, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Rural.

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  161. Mackenzie -  February 11, 2014 - 9:23 am

    CRUSTY or TENDER

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  162. nbernal -  February 11, 2014 - 6:13 am

    diarrhea >.<
    Others high on the list: scab, panties, moist, cockroach, oozing

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  163. Mantha8225 -  February 10, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    Obama

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    • larkin -  January 9, 2015 - 8:56 am

      hell ya

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  164. Teddy -  February 10, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Smear…. That’s pretty worst. Possibly because of smear test or the smearing of certain matter at music festivals which i’ve heard of.

    Moist, cloisters, foisty (although i believe the latter only exist’s colloquially)

    Yeast, which contradicts with my love of baking. That’s all i can think of.

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  165. Xen -  February 10, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Grossest? Scrumptious. Scrotum. Scab. Scrod. Scant. And all those other unfortunate sc- words.

    Nails-on-a-chalkboard awful? Meal. Pupae. Pubescent. Vagina. Dangle.

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  166. Yo ppl -  February 10, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    I have to agree with trollface… the word wart just creeps me out. :3

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  167. trollface -  February 7, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    The word wart disguists me

    : S

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  168. Just Joe -  February 7, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Politician.

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  169. Robbie :) -  February 5, 2014 - 11:09 am

    It has to be “Crusty”, just the connotations alone are enough, but that onomatopoeic sound of someone running their finger along crusty skin or something similar just sends a shiver down my spine!

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    • Kiero Vance -  April 16, 2015 - 11:25 am

      Try this

      MOIST AND CRUSTY!!!

      Those to words together…anything with moist is bad…

      Also something tells me moist and crusty is a contradiction..

      MOIST AND CRUSTY!!!
      MOIST AND CRUSTY!!!
      MOIST AND CRUSTY!!!
      MOIST AND CRUSTY!!!
      MOIST AND CRUSTY!!!
      MOIST AND CRUSTY!!!

      I’m sorry…

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  170. maram -  February 5, 2014 - 8:11 am

    alike

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  171. wolf tamer and coal miner -  February 5, 2014 - 1:35 am

    Lice

    Glutinous

    Squalor

    Thrice

    Body

    Maggot

    Cockroach

    Tarantula

    Spiny

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  172. JJ -  February 4, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    I suppose it’s a given that a word with an unappealing sound will often be accompanied with an equally unappealing definition, but almost all the comments here tend to focus more on the latter it seems. As for me, the word “sternum” sounds rather gross.

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  173. Colleen -  February 4, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    I hate the word pantie or panties.

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  174. A -  February 4, 2014 - 11:12 am

    Fecund, gobble, and hamwater. You know, the disgusting juice stuff that happens when you thaw frozen lunch meat ham.

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  175. Natalie -  February 3, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    moist… is just nasty!! even when people use it like i heard one time “oh my gosh im so moist” like wtf!! DX

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  176. Ethan -  February 2, 2014 - 10:31 pm

    Swag. Swagger sounds alright, but Swag makes me cringe with disgust. perhaps its due to the most common use of the word, or maybe I just hate it.

    Moist is a good word.

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  177. Sabine -  February 1, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    squalid

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  178. "Lez" Ed -  January 31, 2014 - 8:33 am

    I have this thing – (I haven’t looked right thru the blog, but I can’t see anyone with the same problem!) – that i HATE any word that ends with ‘SPS’, such as ‘crisps’, ‘wasps’, ‘rasps’, ‘lisps’… etc etc.

    It’s queer!

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    • Jason -  June 4, 2015 - 9:13 am

      I know what you mean! While my choice for ugliest word is “blog”, I get the same feeling as what you describe from the word “Sixths”. Alternating between the ‘s’ and ‘th’ sound as fast as I can is uncomfortable.

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  179. Riley A. -  January 28, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    Caucus, Ointment, Fecund, pith

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  180. Thom -  January 27, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Stink and Stinky are almost painful to say, in my opinion.

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  181. Nathan -  January 26, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    The word ‘pith’ sounds pretty abhorrent to me; like you’re saying piss with a lisp.

    Another word I *really* don’t like the sound of is RESIDUE.

    Other words that make me shudder:

    reciprocate
    lure
    compromise
    checklist
    pry
    morsel
    gesticulate
    gusset
    orifice
    sordid (though that one doesn’t bother me as much, as it suits the meaning)

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  182. Bojo -  January 24, 2014 - 7:22 am

    Cornea

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  183. Steven -  January 21, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Splotch. Or maybe puce.

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  184. Amy -  January 16, 2014 - 11:41 am

    “Belly” or “bellybutton”. They just remind me of like fattening foods or grease and lard. Oh, “lard” is another gross word

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  185. Sridhar -  January 15, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    Do
    Danger
    Drum

    The words are given the hierarchical grossest sounding forms.

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  186. Joey -  January 10, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Flap That’s a word that’s pretty gross in my opinion

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  187. balsacks -  December 29, 2013 - 7:41 pm

    The word stink, or stinky the word mouth even feet and oh jeez I cant stand the word fish or fishy! Disgusting! ! Even that word bothers me! Gross :/

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  188. Panda lover 64 -  December 10, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    I think the words moist constipated And also I have made a YouTube video called Waffle MSP and at the end it says ate a jellyfish not important but I went up to a star pinger and said “I ate a moist moldy juicy Jellyfish” and they threw up is thay really that disturbing and I have to say the word SQUID And I. Think that cocoanut for some reason mi friend came up to mi and said cocoanut when I was eating it just made mi gross out ok and let mi get somthing strait

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  189. David Granger -  October 29, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Cacophony

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  190. nxsjsdsdsdjil -  October 28, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    afdsmbhjgg fdehtjgoifwdjb uvjuiofgvsdfjgjfgfkifjigfjisdfasdfdfsngjfgfdgfgfhgafugaf;uafughjafg;dfjgdfjiap

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  191. Daragh Moriarty -  October 28, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    “Offal” – it just conjures up imagery of steaming, dismembered flesh and bones in a grisly pile.

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  192. Triskaidekaphobia -  October 28, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    ort

    It sounds positively disgusting, as well as squish.

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  193. Blockerwiz -  October 28, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Yeah, “juice” sounds kind of gross.

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  194. Kota -  October 27, 2013 - 9:04 pm

    Bologna
    I hate how it isn’t pronounced how its spelled! But I don’t find the pronunciation gross. I am disgusted by how you pronounce it if you went of the spelling. Ba-log-na. Bleh.
    Similar problems occur with “colonel”. Yick.

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  195. Mauritz Irving Willoughby -  October 27, 2013 - 10:12 am

    I’ve never liked the words ‘soup’ or ‘brew,’ or much else with the ‘oo’ sound.
    I also don’t really care for ‘coin,’ ‘fair,’ and ‘picnic.’

    And I’m especially annoyed by words that don’t sound anything like how they’re spelled.

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  196. Alex -  October 26, 2013 - 8:24 am

    I’ve never liked the word “brew”

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  197. Holly -  October 25, 2013 - 3:16 am

    “Moist” and “ointment” – total ick factor on those.

    I’ve never liked the word “spray” or “spritz” or “sprig”. Also, “Strudel” – no thanks.

    “Pubic” or “puberty” anything makes me want to gag.

    Not necessarily a “gross” word to my ears – more of like a nail-on-the-chalkboard annoyance. I cannot stand when people use “whatnot” as a random filler in a sentence. I don’t even know how this started happening – maybe not-so-bright people think it makes them sound smart? It doesn’t. It’s an ignorance red flag for me and I usually call them on it.

    For example, someone will say, “I had a great weekend. We went to the lake and whatnot, and it was just fantastic.”

    I’ll say, “So, did you just go to the lake? Or was there another destination, maybe a resort I’ve never heard of called Whatnot? What is whatnot?”

    Usual reply: “HUH?”

    And then I’m done.

    I can’t stand the words “caboodle”, “hunker”, “squat”, “sparse”.

    Thanks for this awesome poll! I love words!

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  198. Roy -  October 23, 2013 - 5:02 am

    “Moist” is for me, the grossest word..My friends and family all know when I hear that word, I cringe with disgust. I cannot explain the reason behind my opinion of this vile word, but my loved ones very much enjoy torturing me with the use of it…Also the word “Phlegm”….Although, for me that word is just slightly more tolerated….Thanks for the fun poll!!

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  199. amber -  October 21, 2013 - 7:17 pm

    clot

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  200. Breanna -  October 21, 2013 - 11:23 am

    The grossest word ever, on the whole planet, is “chunk”. This word is associated with the bile that rises up in your throat when you vomit. This bile has “chunks” of food that never seem to want to come back out. It’s inevitable that you swallow it again. This act is so disgusting that it makes you vomit again. Any time I am in the kitchen and I’m requested to “chunk” something, it is so repulsive that I stop cooking and take a 5 minute break to sanitize my hands and arms. Eww!

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  201. Harry -  October 17, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    I’ve never liked the word “laceration”. It might not be gross, but word it’s self sounds painful.

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  202. Ukulele -  October 17, 2013 - 8:28 am

    As non-English speaker hate all words that are not spoken with your mouth, but gurgled somewhere down in esophagus: google, burr, squirrel, the, thumb…
    And there are of course atrocious words that look substantial, but pronounced as if spelling was irrelevant: Worcestershire, Vaughan, cause, laugh

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  203. MEmow33 -  October 16, 2013 - 1:30 pm

    constapation

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    • gerald eason -  April 15, 2015 - 2:33 am

      Jerry ; ) In Chinese the word is pronounced ” hung chow” ! ;- ) – - – - – - or so I’ve been told.

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  204. Steve -  October 16, 2013 - 3:33 am

    Raspberry

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  205. Sean -  October 14, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    Moist.
    But I actually like the word Nugget.

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    • gerald eason -  April 15, 2015 - 2:46 am

      JERRY – As in gold nugget ? ? – - – -An adj. seems to make all the difference !

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  206. Lani -  October 14, 2013 - 9:04 am

    Slime, oozing, phlem, spittle and gross stupdity.

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  207. Rebecca -  October 14, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Moist >.<

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  208. Sid -  October 14, 2013 - 5:55 am

    Dorking.

    If you’ve not familiar with the word, it’s a town in Surrey. Several other towns in Surrey run it close.

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  209. peter feldman -  October 13, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    sludge- rust- sewage -cesspool -

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  210. Sunset Williams -  October 13, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    gobble

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  211. timmy -  October 13, 2013 - 9:19 am

    Obama

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    • larkin -  January 9, 2015 - 9:24 am

      hell ya

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    • larkin -  January 9, 2015 - 9:24 am

      yep

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  212. Stas Domanski -  October 13, 2013 - 3:15 am

    Transplant is the worst word, think of the meaning… yup.

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  213. Malaysian -  October 13, 2013 - 2:59 am

    PROBE. I hate the word “probe”. It conjures up all kinds of unsavoury thoughts. Newspapers like to use this in place of “investigation” to shorten the number of letters required to fit a headline.

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  214. LindyMaeUSA -  October 11, 2013 - 6:52 am

    GREED!!

    The one word which sickens and repulses me every time I hear it or see examples of it…RAPACIOUS greed in particular!

    I haven’t studied the word, so I’m guessing it’s spelling and definition is the same in every language all over the world, sorry to say. :-(

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  215. Fangirl -  October 10, 2013 - 10:44 pm

    *My favorite site? Click my name! :D *

    More Gross Words!

    SQUIDS! ( Popular Inside Joke! Repeat if you know what I mean. Hint: sky )
    Justin Bieber

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  216. Fangirl -  October 10, 2013 - 10:42 pm

    *My favorite site? Click my name! :D *

    Worst word that isn’t a name, *cough* Justin Bieber *cough* , is squid. It’s an inside joke, that many people understand. :D

    Words that aren’t that bad
    Puke
    Mucus
    Farts
    Bathroom Humor

    Terrible Words
    SQUIDS!
    Justin Bieber ( If Justin Bieber was in the Hunger Games, 95% of the world/girls would be crying, 4% would be celebrating, 1% would be carrying knives screaming “DIE! DIE! DIE!” I’m in the one percent are you?)
    [ If Justin Bieber was about to jump off a building, 95% of the world/girls would be crying, 5% would be sitting in lawn chairs eating popcorn yelling "Do a flip!" I'm in the 5%]
    { If Justin Bieber was about to jump off a building, 95% of the world/girls would be crying, 4% would be sitting in lawn chairs eating popcorn yelling “Do a flip!”, 1% would be the ones pushing him off. I’m also doing the 1%. I REALLY HATE JUSTIN BIEBER!}
    SQUIDS!! XD

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  217. Sue -  October 10, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    Fecund, discombobulated, and twat.
    So many others, this was fun to read through…

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  218. Trevor -  October 10, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Crusty, grope, and CHUNKS!!!!!!!!!!!! i hate chunks…

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  219. Rianne -  October 10, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Chunky…ew

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  220. Kendall -  October 9, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Nobly! I hate that word.

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  221. Ed -  October 9, 2013 - 5:34 am

    Thanks to all for these. They never fail to make me smile.

    I’d like to add crisp. Crisps is worse. Any word that’s s – consonant – s: husks, casks, Deists.

    Succulent. Crisp, succulent Deists.

    My skin is crawling.

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  222. Crazy Erin -  October 8, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    Slimy just sounds so gross to me’ and I don’t know why!

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  223. Raven -  October 8, 2013 - 11:21 am

    pecan
    I mean, say it slowly pee-can

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  224. Theo Brookes -  October 8, 2013 - 9:23 am

    Scorbutic. Pustulent. Suppurating. Fungus. Globule.

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  225. my name is... -  October 8, 2013 - 8:40 am

    ratchet

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  226. Denise Cook -  October 8, 2013 - 4:16 am

    mucous, baboon, vulva, excrement, dump, testicle, blister,wart, fungus, saliva, chapped, scaling, nits, hemorrhoids, grits, tampon, menstrual., perspire, rancid, putrid, polyps, soil(v.) ,boils(n.), shingles, loins, foreskin, rash, mussels, lice, larvae, maggot, pile, vaginal, anus, clot, snort, brutally, rape, chum, chump, spittle, tumors, cancerous,, expire, gristle, diarrhea, discharge, flake, vomit,hooves, rotting, cauterize, chunks, slimy, peas, froth, uterus, ovaries, gout, prostate, moles, oily, blackheads, whiteheads, pus,n****r(horrible)

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  227. Sidra -  October 7, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    OH! Brady jogged another one for me: I’ve always hated “regular” (say it slowly — ick)

    1-up… regularly or any -larly words. I can hardly say those words! Regularly, singularly, spectacularly, circularly, irregularly, jocularly, popularly… maybe it’s the scar tissue in my lips from an edema attack, but it is hard to form these words and I always feel like I’m saying them wrong!

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  228. Sidra -  October 7, 2013 - 7:11 pm

    I have 2.

    1) Flesh – Just the way the tongue moves to say it and I always get this mental image of someone ripping their skin off their body too. I don’t know why. But that’s what makes it gross for me.

    2) Angina – Ok, so it’s more like a word that sounds so naughty but isn’t. That counts, right?

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  229. meh -  October 7, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    Nausea. Nauseous actually means you make other people sick to their stomachs.

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  230. Who? -  October 7, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    YEAST. By far. Just say it to yourself!
    RURAL. It’s hard to say. Too many “r”s

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  231. Angalyssa -  October 7, 2013 - 9:06 am

    @no

    Where Do You Come Up With That? That’s Pretty Ratchett. (: Lol. Like Wat??! Ew.

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  232. Libby -  October 6, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    Moist,thrust,plunge,succulent,plump,plinth,damp haha

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  233. Cage Union -  October 6, 2013 - 11:30 am

    You’re ALL wrong! The grossest word in the English language is………. ‘Grossest’! DUH!

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    • gerald eason -  April 15, 2015 - 2:59 am

      JERRY- What makes it worse, there is one hundred & forty four of them ! Sheesh !

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  234. Dale -  October 5, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    Kumquat: not only the name, but the food.

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  235. Dale -  October 5, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    Lilliputian.

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  236. Nina -  October 5, 2013 - 9:56 am

    mucus
    blah gross

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  237. An Ony Moose -  October 3, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Puberty.

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  238. Beorg -  October 3, 2013 - 7:34 am

    packet

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  239. Linda-y -  October 2, 2013 - 9:43 pm

    LMFAO, it sounds pretty stupid too… (*☻-☻*) Say it a few times then I could sleep now!( _ _ ).。o○

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  240. Linda-y -  October 2, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    “Splat”. Say it in a longer version like “S,p,l,aaaaaaa,t.
    “Rip”. Pronouce it like RRRRR-IIIIIII-PPPPPP. I hate it because it sounds like farting.

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  241. This Person just posted this post -  October 2, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    Ehhh lots of words that really “erk” me, and just to name a few;

    - Leaky
    - Pores
    - Acne
    - Hairy
    - Squid
    - Leech
    - Slug
    - Spider
    - Warble
    - Excruciate
    - Pauper
    - Burlap

    yeah, i know weird. but these words just make me…. Shudder!

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  242. Angalyssa -  October 2, 2013 - 9:24 am

    @Peter Follett
    I Agree No Need To Have So Many Same Sounding Words In The Same Catagory(: So I’m On The Same Boat As Youu(: Ohh &&&& I’m A Native Language Speaker To!! Yay ^>^)//
    Native Pride ^_^

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  243. Peter Follett -  October 2, 2013 - 6:42 am

    Take your pick from all of the ‘ough’ words.
    (Americans, you may stop reading here – this comment relates to English English)

    Anyway, its not that any one of the ‘ough’ words is of itself gross.
    But it seems gross (is that 144 times worse than bad?) that a language should concoct so many different pronunciations from the same mix of letters.

    I am so glad I am a native language speaker. I cannot imagine how people learning English get their heads around the ‘ough’ group.

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  244. Kit J. Lee -  October 1, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    Respiration

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  245. Lindsey Katalinic -  October 1, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    moist, damp, yack, muck, kahuna, potato, tomato, mustard, pity, quadrant, ukelele and toxic. I don’t have that big of a vocabulary though…

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  246. Lindsey Katalinic -  October 1, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    moist definitly

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  247. cgsna -  September 30, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    Probaby one of the words that pisses me off the most is “myriad”, at least when used as an adjective. For example, these just sound stupid:

    there are myriad ways
    myriad stars filled the sky

    I think they (we) should just do away with it as an adjective, and use the noun form only:

    there are a myriad of ways.
    a myriad of stars filled the sky.

    When used in adjective form, it just sounds stupid, so use it that way when talking to me and I will just assume that you are stupid — hey, you have been warned.

    lmao… ;-)

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  248. MEG -  September 30, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Isn’t it funny how words that have connotations of dirtiness or unattractiveness are often given guttural, unattractive sounds? They sound as bad as the concepts they represent! Puke, turd, garbage, etc. I find this very interesting. The words sound gross. So funny!! However, it’s a case of correlation not equaling causation, at least, not entirely, hahaha.
    “Milk” is a gross one for me, for example. Moving from your lips back into your throat to say it feels nasty. “Stomach” is a hard one for me to… well, stomach. I’m not sure what it is about the word that gets to me, though. “Puke” also gets a vote. The actions it takes to form the word, and the resulting sound are indeed nauseating. So very amusing! Anything really throaty tends to sound gross to me, though.
    I’m really into words and sounds, so this was a really fun topic. I’ll be watching these from now on!

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  249. Sophie Heath -  September 30, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Adjetive

    when people say adjetive and not adjective

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  250. nina -  September 30, 2013 - 11:45 am

    booger is gross to me

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  251. s -  September 30, 2013 - 6:14 am

    squelch sounds like: there was a squelch as the moist, juicy slug burst and sprayed its warm inner guts everywhere

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  252. Bardo -  September 30, 2013 - 4:21 am

    Fart.

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  253. jordan -  September 30, 2013 - 12:26 am

    CURDLE

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  254. gg -  September 29, 2013 - 8:30 pm

    it is definitely colonel and bologna

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  255. John -  September 27, 2013 - 5:21 am

    Gotta be SMEGMA

    Do I win?

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  256. Dilly Wisdom -  September 26, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Ooze.

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  257. Tom -  September 26, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    bilge
    gets my vote.

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  258. princess -  September 26, 2013 - 3:23 am

    IT HAS TO B SCROTUM….I HATE THE WORD

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  259. Anna -  September 24, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    hippopotomonstrosesquippidaliophobia
    yes, it is a real word, and it means the fear of long words

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  260. RoseCityRemona -  September 21, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    sprechgesang

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  261. geet -  September 20, 2013 - 10:43 pm

    Hymeneal. The word makes me think worse.

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  262. SAC -  September 19, 2013 - 10:16 am

    Brobdingnagian

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  263. Mariane -  September 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

    I don’t know if it counts, but the internet word “lol” makes me think the person who writes it has his or her tongue right out and dripping saliva…

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  264. Mariane -  September 18, 2013 - 11:57 pm

    Worcestershire sauce.
    If you pronounce the whole word, it feels like stuttering and nobody understands.

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  265. en jay -  September 18, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    oh, ahh,eh ,uhh.umph, err, use your immagination…

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  266. Alcides -  September 18, 2013 - 8:13 am

    lob, tripe, blabber, slosh and many more but im at work.

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  267. Garrett Winters -  September 17, 2013 - 9:54 pm

    Pulchritudinous
    which is ironic, because it means beautiful

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  268. Tabitha-Rose -  September 17, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    gargantuan
    it doesn’t even sound like a real word.
    yuck…

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  269. Chad -  September 17, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    Recipricle

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  270. Kyle -  September 15, 2013 - 11:19 am

    To me phagocytosis is the grossest sounding word

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  271. TRfromTO -  September 14, 2013 - 6:07 am

    seersucker – I absolutely hate this word … both for its harsh sound and its connotation.

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  272. Bobina -  September 13, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Posh, scab, moist, reciprocal, gunk, mud, disgusting, slimy, squishy, slime, slug, bug, beetle, maggot, mold, fungus, bacteria, stinky, brewery, etc…

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  273. ella -  September 13, 2013 - 10:46 am

    Unctuous always sounds like a stifled sneeze and seems gross. when I hear it.

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  274. Samantha -  September 13, 2013 - 9:45 am

    Moist is nasty. D: LOL (:

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  275. Ken -  September 13, 2013 - 6:48 am

    The words Fighting Irish, Notre Dame, and Spartan all seem pretty gross to me!

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  276. Claire -  September 12, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    the word “foot” just really grosses me out.

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  277. Anna -  September 12, 2013 - 10:28 am

    I hate the words “medicine” and “antibiotic” because they remind me of the harsh sterile, rubbing alcohol-y smell and the stark white of a hospital. ugh. Also, whenever I hear the word “shot”, I make a beeline for the door.

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  278. Jayme Walter -  September 11, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    i also don’t like “school”, never rolled off the tongue right…

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  279. Jayme Walter -  September 11, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Gollum…more of a name but every time i say it i feel like im having a hard time swallowing something

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  280. Jashy -  September 11, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    “Uvula” has always sounded so wrong to me. And “ichor” and “penal”.

    I also agree with “leotard” and “spirulina”. These words all sound horrible.

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  281. RC -  September 10, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    Defecation, the sound ‘frrrrrrrrrrr’ and lizard!! Defecation brings a yellow, runny and stinky sensation and I can vividly picture the image..

    Frrrrrrrr – reminds me of an old man’s over powering and yucky smelling flatulence.

    Lizard – They’re plain yucky, and the plop sound which they make when they by chance fall to the ground is enough to cause nausea…..

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  282. Holly -  September 10, 2013 - 10:45 am

    Chortle. I hate this word!

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  283. Fessor Bill -  September 10, 2013 - 5:48 am

    “twelve” & “dozen” seem gross

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  284. kerry -  September 9, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Avulsion is the most gross-sounding word in the
    English language. And its meaning is quite disgusting, also.

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  285. Sandra -  September 7, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    War, the “N” word, “Rag Head”, any word that denigrates a race or individual. Impossible, NO!

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  286. Ghislaine -  September 6, 2013 - 2:28 am

    cull – it’s so hypocritical

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  287. Not Claude Frollo -  September 5, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    Pestilence, plague, swarm, horde (anything involving insects, actually *shudder*), writhe, buzz, snatch, grody, orange, purple, secretion.

    “Marius” “Pontmercy”

    And last but not least,

    “Sepulcher/sepulchral”. (WE’RE LOOKING AT YOU, VICTOR HUGO.)

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  288. Not Claude Frollo -  September 5, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    I consider the following “gross” just because of the way they’re pronounced, not their actual meanings.

    I personally hate the word “February”. It’s nigh on impossible to pronounce, if you ask me. Try it a few times.

    Others: “regular”, “syrup” (especially when people pronounce it “sirr-up”), “urban”, and “mirror”.

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  289. dennis -  September 4, 2013 - 8:14 am

    I agree with the user who posted “SMEGMA”. Smegma……..even if you don’t know what it means, the image that it conjures up isn’t a pretty one. “MANSLAUGHTER” is another that has “ugly” in and all around it. In fact, it shouldn’t even BE a word. I’m from the South originally, so, I grew up using it, and still, on occasion, use it today, though I do try so hard NOT to……..I’m talking about “AIN’T”. Now, I “ain’t” gonna criticize anyone for making it a part of THEIR vocabulary if they so choose, and I hope they “ain’t” gonna give me a hard time for listing that word here. :)

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  290. DB -  September 3, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Misuse of the word “lie”. It’s “I was lying in bed” not “I was laying in bed” “Awesome!”, “paradigm”, “absolutely”, “irregardless” and most verbs ending in “ize” — especially “finalize” and “utilize” make me cringe. To “use” is a perfectly good word; “utilize” is pompous. The English language is being ruined by the overuse and/or misuse of such words. “Irregardless” is so commonly used, they are actually considering making it a legitimate word (shudder).

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  291. Bethany -  September 2, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    pulchritude – it’s ugly sounding in name but it means “beauty”

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  292. Jordan -  September 1, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    gooey, bulbous, ooze, slurp, pus, damp, succulent

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  293. john -  August 30, 2013 - 7:27 pm

    “Not” or “Put”, because they both kind of sound like a saliva excretion. Or even the word “Spit”. Hmmm. Is the word “spit” an onomatopoeia?

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  294. Vio -  August 30, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    I cast my vote for “secretion” and also for “effluence,” because using those words in conversation always evokes the best facial contortions.

    “Moist secretions of a puss-like effluence, which had oozed out during menstruation, enveloped the latex prophylactic.”

    (Sorry.)

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    • Davehangsdoors -  April 6, 2015 - 6:33 pm

      This sentence made me cringe. I add the words anus, sphincter and nausea

      Reply
    • Lee -  April 29, 2015 - 3:35 am

      That is the most amazingly creepy and unsettling sentence I have ever seen. Well played worthy adversary, well played.

      Reply
  295. ttyl -  August 29, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    gross

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  296. !@#123 -  August 29, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    Scab

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  297. You Know What It Is -  August 29, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    “Baltimore” or “Raven(s)”

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  298. Logan -  August 28, 2013 - 7:20 am

    Cacophonous

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  299. Keri -  August 27, 2013 - 12:36 am

    The words “supper” and “fresh” (or “freshen”) have always bothered me like crazy. I have no idea why, but in my opinion, they are the grossest words ever.

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  300. katelyn -  August 26, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    blouse. I hate the word blouse.

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    • Name -  June 16, 2015 - 1:34 pm

      Message

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  301. ieoziges -  August 26, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    mellifluous – despite its meaning

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  302. Allie -  August 26, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    Pimple.

    Just seeing it and hearing it in my head makes me cringe.

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  303. Carrie -  August 26, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Smegma and mucus because they sound like what they are. Magma,Scuba, tuba, and plop also sound as though they should be ‘gross’. Nothing good ever plops.

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  304. Ashleigh -  August 24, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Procrastinate

    To me it just sounds wrong

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  305. kmhcpa -  August 23, 2013 - 8:04 am

    brewery
    I cannot say it

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  306. Yeltzie -  August 22, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    Cookie, feet, molest, finger, wet, toggle, embarrass,cracker, sloth, socks, turf, pick.
    So many gross words.

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  307. Desiree -  August 21, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    Epiglottis

    Just sounds phlegmy.

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  308. Miriam -  August 21, 2013 - 2:53 am

    I’d like to nominate “globular”… yeah that one gets me quite a bit

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  309. Dale -  August 20, 2013 - 7:39 pm

    “Blah,” “Phlegm,” “booger,” “screech,” “porous,” “ineluctable,” and lastly but certainly the worst:

    “PIMPLE” AHHHHHH!!!!!

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  310. J. -  August 20, 2013 - 2:56 am

    99% of you base the gross scale based on the meaning of the word.
    I seriously hate “y’all” and “momma”. Of course not the definition of momma, but the way mothers pronounce it: I’m his mohhhhhhhhmma. And y’all just sounds like someone is vomiting.

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  311. colene -  August 19, 2013 - 3:02 am

    sebum

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  312. s alexandra -  August 16, 2013 - 5:33 pm

    discharge

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  313. Kaytee -  August 16, 2013 - 8:52 am

    slough, draught, hood

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  314. Julia -  August 15, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Mouthfeel. *shudder* Not THE grossest, but it bothers me.

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  315. Alishia -  August 13, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    ‘Ointment’ ‘belch’

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  316. Mr. Dunn -  August 13, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    Gurgle, Snot, Blot

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  317. anita -  August 9, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    prurient

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  318. Shailesh Tengli -  August 9, 2013 - 7:44 am

    shit

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  319. Chenka -  August 8, 2013 - 6:23 am

    panties

    I cringe every time I hear it.

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    • Kimberly -  January 31, 2015 - 1:22 pm

      Me too, I hate that word, Panties!! I cringe too Chenka. Also, Booties.

      Reply
  320. Squirrel -  August 8, 2013 - 6:19 am

    I really dislike ‘blackhead’ and ‘pus’
    Also can’t stand ‘doozy’

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  321. Matilda -  August 6, 2013 - 11:26 pm

    I think the word discombobulated sound gross

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  322. D Cress -  August 5, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    BOB just say it BOB lol

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  323. Maya -  August 3, 2013 - 7:01 am

    love

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  324. sundaymorning -  August 2, 2013 - 4:34 am

    The word I dislike the most: CROWD.
    It sounds the same way as it is: messy, violent, superficial, uncontrolable, disoriented, afraid, uninformed and pointless.

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    • Mystery to all -  September 23, 2014 - 4:52 pm

      I think the word is SUPPOSE to sound like the meaning. :-)

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  325. Pixellator -  August 1, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    ‘phalanges’

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  326. ale -  August 1, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    Delicious, slurp, candid, fetal sound awful to me.

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  327. Adrian -  August 1, 2013 - 8:52 am

    `America` is the grossest sounding word in English

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  328. Z Code System -  July 31, 2013 - 6:31 am

    I’m amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s
    equally educative and engaging, and without a doubt,
    you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy
    I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

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  329. Chris R -  July 30, 2013 - 8:11 am

    “Smegma” is a pretty gross-sounding word, but is actually kind of fun to speak and probably only tainted by its meaning, which is decidedly gross. I have to agree that “scrotum” is simply a very unpleasant sounding sequence of letters, regarless of its meaning.

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  330. A B Rana -  July 28, 2013 - 3:17 am

    To be quite honest I was myself searching how many of us
    would come up with non-biased, non-bigotted and impartial
    conclusion. Has any single scholar or professor of literature has
    dared to enter this adventure? Why? Ken on April 5, 2011 I suppose
    was honest enough to mean that ‘grossest’ is the ugliest word. If I’ve understood it correctly. If not then please do pardon!

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  331. William J Clinton -  July 27, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    “We are placing you under arrest, You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say………………….blah,blah,blah.

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  332. William J Clinton -  July 27, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    How about “Republican” That’s pretty gross and disgusting

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  333. William -  July 27, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    Definitely it would be ” Flather Blather”

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  334. Alex -  July 25, 2013 - 5:34 pm

    Cancer

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  335. Robin -  July 24, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Ungulent and ruminant.

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  336. flick -  July 24, 2013 - 9:32 am

    tender

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  337. Caroline -  July 23, 2013 - 3:14 am

    Lump

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  338. DeAndre -  July 22, 2013 - 8:55 am

    ergonomic

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  339. Flash Boyler -  July 22, 2013 - 8:25 am

    IMHO, there’s a sinister sound and connotation to any word or proper name that contains sounds similar to the following: ecks, eichs, ochs, acks, or icks. They all sound so “icky”!

    Most noteworthy are: ethics, emetics, hacks, ack and ack-ack, ax, nick-nacks, and ex-, as in ex-lax, expats, ex-spouse, and ex-detective (Nick Charles). Then there’s exit, exacerbate, exhume, lexis, nexis, toxin, toxic, noxious, pox, Naxos, Nazis, and worst of all– the proper names “Ackermann”, “Eichmann”, just plain “Ike”, and “Nixon”. That’s oh so “N’eww-icks-on”.

    And I almost forgot– “sex”, “latex”, and “prophylactics”, the ickiest (combination) of them all. LOL!

    And thanks to Maria, Myiah, Sierra, Helen, Noell, Joe, and others, for mentioning “cumquat”! Hilarious! “Cumquat” is just too close for comfort, to other sounds!

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  340. Charity -  July 22, 2013 - 5:27 am

    Ooze- worst word ever! Its just way too descriptive of a word. (or maybe that is the point) Regardless its just plain gross!

    Then again ‘Suppository’ isn’t very high up there either on my list. ICK!

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  341. papaya -  July 20, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    How ’bout “puke” and “vomit” and “nipples” and “poop” and “pee” and “bra” and “bikini” and “underwear”.

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  342. Jens -  July 20, 2013 - 5:49 am

    Well said AJ. “Gross” is indeed a gross word!

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  343. AJ -  July 18, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    Probably the grossest words will be ones that conjure an image when heard or read. This is why so many of the words I saw on here are, well, quite gross. I don’t get why “moist” is so urgently accepted as gross. Because “moist” reminds me of a soft piece of chocolate cake, which I love.

    I think “gross” is the “grossest” word both in sound, look, and meaning.

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  344. Lex -  July 17, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Squelch, Moist, and Flesh

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  345. julia -  July 17, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    squid, ointment, oyster, succulent, succumb, and buboes. my favorite sounding word, not the definition, is algorithm. algorithm just sounds great.

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  346. Inquisitive -  July 17, 2013 - 9:36 am

    How about “decomposing?” I can’t imagine a worse malodorous gaging stench, can you?

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  347. slog -  July 16, 2013 - 8:37 am

    Well, my nickname, slog, is pretty disgusting. All based on the correct German pronunciation of my last name.
    But I would agree with the 19 people above me who nominate “squelch”. It just sounds like emitting flatulence with the debris of regret.

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  348. Flash Boyler -  July 15, 2013 - 8:41 am

    I can’t believe that I forgot to mention that “intercourse” might sound unappealing because “intercourse” is too close to “out of sorts”, that yucky feeling you have when you are in low spirits, or sick, like those grumpy people in those laxative commercials . LOL!

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  349. Ranjith -  July 15, 2013 - 6:24 am

    Pump.

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  350. Chris Lehman -  July 14, 2013 - 8:40 pm

    Crapulence, Crapulent: Even the definition of this word is gross. Definition is: sick from gross excess in drinking or eating.

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  351. Joe -  July 14, 2013 - 9:20 am

    Cumquat, think about it for a minute. Is this something you would eat if you did not know what it is?

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  352. Joe -  July 14, 2013 - 9:19 am

    Cumquat

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  353. Micah -  July 13, 2013 - 6:48 pm

    Womb, my girlfriend spazzes out everytime i say that!

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  354. Micah -  July 13, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    Womb, my girlfriend spazzes out everytime i say that.

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  355. Flash Boyler -  July 12, 2013 - 11:38 am

    Thanks for all of your very interesting comments!

    And thanks to Amy Walker and Tati, for your comments on euphemisms, slang, and un-slang!

    Could you share, Tati, just what you say, in place of “intercourse”? If only older people use that word “intercourse” and it sounds just so awkward to you… What words sound more appealing?

    Since you mentioned that, I must agree that “intercourse” does sound awkward… it’s just too precise, mechanical, and sterile, so… “matter-of-course” as in “dry discourse”. LOL!

    Is this one of the many generation gaps in euphemisms and slang? The words just don’t feel the same?

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  356. Joshua -  July 10, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    In terms of strangeness by trends in English language, ketchup… really odd. It comes from Cantonese, interestingly enough, but when was the last time you saw “tchup” appear in English…

    … probably not too many times.

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  357. Susana -  July 10, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    cacophony. sounds like caca (shit) yet sounds pretentious at the same time.

    second I’d say munchies. too puerile.

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  358. Joy Deep -  July 10, 2013 - 2:21 am

    Gouge, Garrote, Impale

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  359. Gandalf the Grey -  July 9, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Groin, Graeco, and gargle

    I can’t stand gs and rs together like that (especially in gargle)

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  360. drake -  July 6, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    Inject and injection

    whenever i here these words i take its meaning differently and cant help it.
    Like in economics (subject) there are injections and outflow of cash

    and also ‘money’
    it means semen in my language

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  361. dan -  July 6, 2013 - 12:11 pm

    ‘soccer’, i hate the word,

    why was it substituted with football anyway

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  362. Shira -  July 6, 2013 - 11:42 am

    inject and injection
    i get so painful feelings from it

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  363. Joe -  July 6, 2013 - 10:47 am

    And may I add these:

    Nipple
    Gorilla
    Anything that ends with ‘hood’

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  364. Joe -  July 6, 2013 - 9:55 am

    Puberty
    Google
    Awkward
    Feet
    Ointment
    Grocery
    Dictionary
    Brunch
    Ooze
    Butt

    But I moist say, moist sounds fine to me.

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  365. Jahnavi -  July 6, 2013 - 9:09 am

    “Phenolphthalein” I feel like Sylvester the Cat every time I say it.

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  366. SavvySoliloquist -  July 2, 2013 - 7:01 am

    Phonetic

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  367. Jane Mahany -  July 2, 2013 - 6:22 am

    smegma

    the secretion of sebaceous glands, especially the cheesy secretion, consisting principally of desquamated epithelial cells, found chiefly within the prepuce.

    Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 3 ed. © 2007 Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved——————————————————————————
    smegma
    Urology A cheesy secretion–yuck! of certain sebaceous glands, expecially under the prepuce and clitoris, which can harbor bacteria, mandating regular cleaning. See Circumcision.

    McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  368. Kay File -  July 2, 2013 - 6:12 am

    SMEGMA

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  369. Nalg -  July 2, 2013 - 1:49 am

    “Fifths” because you have to spit to get in all of those fricatives; also “moist” because that -oist sound is awful, just like “oyster.”

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  370. Richard -  July 1, 2013 - 11:46 am

    platitudinous

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  371. Awesomeness -  July 1, 2013 - 12:05 am

    TURDUS and GLOOPY. YUCK. Just makes me sick thinking about it. Also pork, guppy, groin, goiter, secretion, sludge, dangle, plug, womb, lipoid, squat, pit, dollop and various rude words.

    Terrible. makes me shudder.

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  372. Mike -  June 29, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    I think gargle is pretty nasty and so it vomit.

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  373. max -  June 27, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    exfoliation, sounds much worst then it is. Also debaucherous and placid all have a place.

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  374. Julia -  June 27, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Moist

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  375. Lucian -  June 25, 2013 - 11:17 pm

    The question also is why do the grossest sounding words also have some of the grossest referents? Purely mimetic? Goiter, smegma, snot, etc. Or does the meaning/referent interfere with our perception of the word, predictably conditioning us to like “flower” and dislike “flow” or “flatulence”? Just a thought.

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  376. Lucian -  June 25, 2013 - 11:08 pm

    goiter, no doubt about it.

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  377. spargel -  June 25, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    Tennessee

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  378. Anonymous -  June 23, 2013 - 12:33 am

    Hack. That’s my second worst. I shudder at the very sound of hack in both it’s forms – compuer hacking and cough hacking – or someone hacking and then saying something like “Hack, hack, hack. It’s all I ever do.”
    Gobstopper. I can hardly bear to type that. Why do they have a sweet name that contains another word for vomit?!?!
    Hey, here’s an idea. They could market stomack infection cures called the Gob-Stoppers!

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  379. Harry -  June 22, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    Snot

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  380. Diggerollo -  June 22, 2013 - 11:11 am

    And funny, yet still gross:
    Cachucha

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  381. Diggerollo -  June 22, 2013 - 10:48 am

    I really don’t like the words:
    Persons and
    Peoples
    And I can just barely tolerate hearing people tryin to pronounce foreign words when they forget that mañana is actually spelled with a ñ instead of an n or when they try to sound french, but say “bahn jour”(heavy j and r sound) instead of “Bon jou”(barely any j or r sound). Or “hwat”(what said with the h before the w)
    My favorite words by far:
    Antidisestablishmentarisnism and…(get ready, it’s a big one)
    Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis.(both spelled without spellcheck)

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  382. David -  June 22, 2013 - 10:08 am

    menstrual, douche, carcass…

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  383. redskin -  June 21, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    Squat, slurp and jowls.

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  384. redskin -  June 21, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    How about Obama?

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  385. Jo -  June 19, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    petulant
    chortle
    lugubrious
    squamous
    phalangeal

    And also acromioclavicular. Say that five times fast

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  386. me -  June 19, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    juicy makes me cringe

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    • nancy -  January 6, 2015 - 7:48 am

      Yes juicy sounds nasty, but I think the grossest word I have ever heard is guts.

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  387. RB -  June 18, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    Definitely ‘pasty’ Ugh… just typing it is gross. I would also have to say sludge, scrotum, and puberty. Supple is a horrible word too.

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  388. Jessica -  June 18, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    My top 20 most disgusting words (In no specific order);

    1. Ball (Plural is even worse)
    2. Moist
    3. Feet/foot
    4. Discharge
    5. Pit
    6. Clutch
    7. Bulge
    8. Regurgitate
    9. Humid
    10. Sweat/sweaty
    11. Hole
    12. Leg (I don’t know why)
    13. Sack/sac
    14. Spider
    15. Deodorant
    16. Finger
    17. Tissue
    18. Dangle
    19. Smell

    Those words sound seriously gross in my opinion.

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  389. Name -  June 18, 2013 - 11:58 am

    Brunch.
    (I hate the word and the idea.)
    Salacious.
    Lactate.
    Sturgeon.
    Punt.
    Pone.
    (Only when used as a verb.)

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  390. michelle -  June 18, 2013 - 11:14 am

    just saying the word moist is disgusting!!!!!:(

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  391. elijah -  June 18, 2013 - 11:09 am

    gooch, chode, anus,

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  392. juju -  June 16, 2013 - 5:16 pm

    i think the grossest words are
    dollop, dangle, flap and splosh

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  393. yod-sin-resh-aleph-lamed -  June 14, 2013 - 5:32 am

    Several choices were based on the definition, not the sound of the word, or its unnatural way to be pronounced…

    Well, my choice, not based on definition but on phonemes is:

    CLOTHES

    How can this sound good with such a phonemic key: /kloʊðz/?

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  394. olivia -  June 12, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    definitely moist.

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  395. susan -  June 10, 2013 - 10:42 pm

    bulb sounds dreadful to me

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  396. JN -  June 10, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    “Moist.” Definitely “Moist.”

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  397. kaylain -  June 10, 2013 - 5:09 am

    Flatulence
    Haungciao
    Hors de oeuvre
    Toilet
    Fecal

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  398. Georgia -  June 7, 2013 - 10:56 am

    Grapple, spittle, bile, gruesome and trudge

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  399. M -  June 6, 2013 - 4:37 am

    dump.

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  400. Headshot -  June 5, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    I think the most disturbing word is bog and gore. idk why i dont like the word bog, probably because they’re dead bodies in there. And gore is somehow a more disturbing term for blood

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  401. akram -  June 5, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    SICKLE….

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  402. dru -  June 5, 2013 - 2:19 am

    did someone say “smegma”?

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  403. ming ning -  June 1, 2013 - 9:41 pm

    i think the word slime is!! yuk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  404. Diane -  May 30, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Yucky and Stinky…and Moist too

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  405. blick -  May 30, 2013 - 8:43 am

    coupon. when pronounced KYOO-pon it is extremely annoying and hurts my ears… i dont hear people calling cougars.. KYOOgars its just gross…

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  406. Gabbs. -  May 29, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    Moist.

    There is nothing else left to say.

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  407. GemGems -  May 29, 2013 - 6:53 am

    Also, cheeks, pubescent, larvae, and sturgeon. That last one is particularly bad.

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  408. GemGems -  May 29, 2013 - 6:32 am

    Dabble

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  409. Chris -  May 28, 2013 - 9:38 am

    putrid

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  410. anonymous -  May 27, 2013 - 9:00 pm

    girth

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  411. Vickie -  May 27, 2013 - 6:06 am

    global

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  412. Janz -  May 26, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    Menstruation. Squat. Fetid. Hymen. Scrotum.

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  413. Garbo -  May 26, 2013 - 4:06 pm

    Toilet

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  414. Garbo -  May 26, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    Squat. Menstruation. Fetid.

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  415. Jake -  May 26, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Loins, ladies and gentlemen. Loins.

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  416. Denever -  May 26, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    Menstruation. Especially when mispronounced.

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  417. Amy Walker -  May 25, 2013 - 10:58 am

    People have given me trouble about useing the word penis or vagina but they seem not to mind the words in slang, which offend me. Like I have no problem discussing Freuds work on penis envy. I guess medical people have less of a problem with words like these. They have to refer to them and call them something unslang. Oh, now people can’t deal with the word dehydrated. It sounds too medical or something. On that note I think I will go get a drink.

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  418. Chetan -  May 25, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Groos sounding in english launguage is common. please replay me any 10 gross sounding words in hindi… :P :D :D

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  419. Maryna -  May 24, 2013 - 11:53 am

    I absolutely hate the word cleanse… I don’t know shy but just typing it makes shudder! And moist is a truly weird word as well!

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  420. Jamie -  May 21, 2013 - 10:22 am

    Oh! and the p-word that comes before cat, lady and classy!

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    • Kimberly -  January 31, 2015 - 1:25 pm

      Agree I cannot stand that ugly word and I would hate for it to come out of my mouth. The P word.

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  421. Jamie -  May 21, 2013 - 10:16 am

    After reading, I found that there are more I hate; some have been mentioned, here, and some just came to me while I was reading: penis, libation, chassis, sassy, saggy, sappy, sop, sorghum, interstitial, sebum, poem, vagina, dander, chitterlings, poultice, quite, polyp, blouse, the b-word — the actual word and not its euphemism..

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  422. Jamie -  May 21, 2013 - 9:15 am

    Tasty, titillate, nipple, February, bathe, masturbate, nasal, nurture, mentor, spinster, gallumph, ochre, ebum, Bertha, Norma, normal, jonquil, pus, okra. By the way, I like almost all of Drew Engman’s words. :)

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  423. anshul -  May 20, 2013 - 9:23 pm

    ummm… “maths”?

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  424. Cat -  May 20, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    Moist, Ointment, Loins, Avoid, Boil, Boing, Coil.
    Pretty much any word with the “oi” sound feel pretty weird in the mouth.

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  425. Mrs. Louis Tomlinson -  May 20, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    SORRY i took it too far with the JB thing sry JB fans i hate his body and face but he has great music! >.< :o

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  426. Mrs. Louis Tomlinson -  May 20, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Actually the word ‘ectoplasm’ is pretty gross to me :(

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  427. Mrs. Louis Tomlinson -  May 20, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Sorry to all the people in the hospital with a case of Bieber Fever but its true and you know it and btw im sorry but im just speaking my mind on the interweb

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  428. A Nathanielsz -  May 19, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    How about “eruct”

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  429. Me -  May 19, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    “Pulchritude,” the most ironic word for “beauty” ever invented.

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  430. John -  May 19, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    ooze

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  431. Drew Engman -  May 17, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    I think the words with discordant or clashing sounds that rasp on the ears would be grossest. Tolkien in his stories came up with some good, er, bad ones such as ‘Nazgul,’ ‘Orc,’ and many others. Star Trek’s Klingon made up language has some teeth gnashers. Oh yes, “Gnashing” could rasp in a very serpentine disphonia. Short consonant and vowel crunches like “crock,” “attack craft” combined with fricative sounds of air forced through a constricted mouth and throat, like the sounds of the letters ‘S’ and ‘Z’ would create a nasty satisfatory sizzle of surrealistic sarcastic knizzle: crass kerkuk carcass zenophobic prick stricken to zeroes fatted crackles crumb spilt split spoilt zenozooilogical frack azz saw buck. Did I just write the most gross sounds as a nonsense sentence. spelunkenishly cork struck crock ‘o’ striken phonemes packed stupid to broken crap. OK, I’m stopping now.

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  432. dubstep is boss -  May 15, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    tween(worst word ever!!!)
    swag(really such a stupid word)
    odor(idk)
    mushy(repulsive)
    toot(i agree with Christina)
    rainbow(ok that one was a joke)

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  433. gutteral -  May 15, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    gut, moss, hick, numb, chunky, flabby, kumquat

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  434. gutteral -  May 15, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    flarp, flapburp, growl glug gerg almost anything with a “gu” sound too

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  435. gutteral -  May 15, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    gutteral

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  436. Christina -  May 14, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    toot sounds gross! It is both gross sounding and gross sounding (literally)!

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  437. Cherry -  May 14, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    “People”, “help”, words ending in or with a lot of p’s.

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  438. Pat -  May 14, 2013 - 12:34 am

    I always thought puce was rather bad. It sounds too much like puke.

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  439. Carly -  May 10, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    Rural juror, thesis

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  440. Bri -  May 9, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    Sausage

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  441. Cindy -  May 8, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Smegma, both by sound and definition ! Eww……….. GROSS !

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  442. Megan -  May 8, 2013 - 11:38 am

    Moist for sure. Also blouse.

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  443. jkdsla -  May 7, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    feces

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  444. jkdsla -  May 7, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    nugget

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  445. Bryen -  May 7, 2013 - 8:42 am

    Salve

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  446. Lily -  May 6, 2013 - 2:56 am

    jovial

    uplifting

    mundane

    loving

    love

    all are phonetically ugly

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  447. bb -  May 4, 2013 - 9:26 am

    sperm

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  448. Penny -  May 1, 2013 - 2:18 am

    Without a doubt it has to be moist. And also pantys, I know that’s what you yanks call them but it’s just wrong over here, ugh it’s just foul

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  449. Tori -  April 30, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    moist. D:

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  450. Lydia -  April 30, 2013 - 4:58 pm

    Eugene (So sorry if this anyone with that name. It just makes me uncomfortable because my most annoying friend gets called that as joke.)
    Heebee Geebies (I think that’s how it’s spelled…)
    Tonic
    Tweet
    Smoother
    Knob
    Yummy
    Monotonous (I can’t say this darn word correctly! Plus it’s boring…)
    Gritty
    Smitten
    Ameliorate

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  451. zola -  April 29, 2013 - 5:59 am

    “cubby” ew.

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  452. rchv -  April 24, 2013 - 7:34 pm

    Prosser, and Rural. just say rural nice and slow. its nasty. i also agree with groin.

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  453. Awesomepossumpants woot woot -  April 24, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    Duuuuuuuuuuude maggot is the most abso-blasted-lutey revolting wordon earth

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  454. Ben -  April 24, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    ointment

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  455. Clp -  April 24, 2013 - 8:04 am

    fart

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  456. Cecilia -  April 24, 2013 - 4:18 am

    caca

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  457. J -  April 23, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Flesh. Say it out loud, it just sounds…nasty.

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  458. amanda -  April 23, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    bulbous
    commode
    moist
    maggot
    POLYP!!! uhhh!!

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  459. Grapetooth -  April 23, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    Did anyone say “smegma”?

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  460. LordPuffaloom -  April 23, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    or “tinny”

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  461. LordPuffaloom -  April 23, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    “Wendy’s”

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  462. Conner -  April 23, 2013 - 11:16 am

    You don’t need to specify which definition of the word you’re using, we’re only looking at the phonetics. As for me, I always have trouble saying “cumulative”, and as a result despise it wholeheartedly.

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  463. Sher -  April 23, 2013 - 10:40 am

    Rural, ointment, Jiggle, Yoghurt, puberty

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  464. Sarah Songbyrd -  April 23, 2013 - 8:57 am

    Rural. Just try to say it. It’s awful!

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  465. Jack -  April 22, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    I have personally always hated the word ‘Wounded’. A combination of words that I hate is ‘Cool hat’. It doesn’t really sound gross, just… Wrong.

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  466. Ash -  April 22, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    I would have to say pamphlet or alumni for grossest sounding words. Pamphlet. Alumni. *shudders*

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  467. Rick -  April 22, 2013 - 8:33 am

    Plural
    Sounds like what the aftertaste of vomit should be called.

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  468. nutella -  April 22, 2013 - 5:01 am

    I hate the word “scab.” It sounds terrible. Or clot. Clot is bad, too.

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  469. Elle -  April 22, 2013 - 1:22 am

    Nasty, panties, and hubby. The word hubby is just so gross. It’s my least favorite word.

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  470. jtree -  April 21, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    Plebiscite. I’ve always thought it, and never had anyone straight-up ask me what I thought the grossest word in the english language is. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  471. john willett -  April 20, 2013 - 10:16 am

    Diarrhea

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  472. Larry -  April 19, 2013 - 2:07 am

    …queue, onomatopoeia, tantamount….

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  473. Kat -  April 16, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Scrub. Irritating sound. I don’t like to say the word.

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  474. Richard Teichler -  April 16, 2013 - 1:04 am

    What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word,
    As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.

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  475. Richard Teichler -  April 16, 2013 - 12:58 am

    Waddle.

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  476. mike -  April 15, 2013 - 8:26 am

    Mercurochrome!! my badd for misspelling :-(

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  477. mike -  April 15, 2013 - 8:19 am

    Mercurichrome

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  478. Eli -  April 13, 2013 - 5:20 am

    Runny……this word is gross. My wife uses it and every time she does she gets very negative response from me…..but she has no sense for these things and keeps using the work.

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  479. Harry -  April 13, 2013 - 3:48 am

    Walmart. Brilliant, definitely the grossest word.

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  480. Becca -  April 11, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Chalk. ugh.

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  481. Beth -  April 11, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    Chyme

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  482. Wulf -  April 10, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Moist Supple Runny

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  483. sdsdds -  April 9, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    disgusting
    glob
    mud
    membrane

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  484. Linda -  April 6, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Probably can’t type it due to its nature. However, it is one of those four letter words. It starts with a “c” and ends with a “t.” I am quite sure everyone knows the “word.”

    Enjoy our day.

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  485. Ebrahim -  April 6, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    squeeky …the word gives me a shiver coz of the chalk squeeking on the chalkboard at school

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  486. Deborah -  April 4, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Pustule

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  487. Deborah -  April 4, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Fetid

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  488. Jack -  April 4, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    Manure

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  489. charliedickensjr -  April 2, 2013 - 6:39 am

    ‘WORK’…like to get my hands on the jerk that came up with that one…

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  490. Magnifikids5 -  April 1, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Slacks….my mom calls dressy pants, “slacks”…ugh, its just yucky sounding word.

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  491. Tomato Juice -  March 31, 2013 - 7:54 pm

    school loljokes

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  492. jenny stin -  March 30, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    i think yoke is a really disgusting word to say, not to mention the fact that the yoke is a part of an egg that is the poor little baby chicken, in liquid form! GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yep, i think Yoke is a very very nasty word- probably the worst!!!

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  493. carly -  March 29, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    gross sounds gross to me.
    Also stupor and tote
    I don’t know why

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  494. Grace -  March 29, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Meal.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but the word ‘meal’ skeeves me out for some reason.

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  495. Nathan -  March 29, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    Shriek, bulge, grotesque, guttural, diarrhea

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  496. Ishrak -  March 27, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. the longest word in english with 45 words as it’s constituent. Not actually gross, but very very long which makes it somewhat gross!

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  497. -_- -  March 27, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    exhonerate, Cinderella, core, encore, blood, Uranus

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  498. Chloe -  March 27, 2013 - 10:47 am

    I have never liked the word sandwich. It makes me think of an old lady with pursed lips and crumbs around her mouth.
    Not a fan of juicer
    Or squeaker
    Or squeamish
    Or mushy
    Or musty
    Or ploopy
    Or ploppy
    Or plop or squish or squoosh or swoosh or slop or squirk or slurp or slappy.

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  499. Gene -  March 27, 2013 - 6:47 am

    I hate the word screech!!!!!!!!!!!! It creeps me out!!!!!!!!! The word squeak also gives me the creeps!!!!!!!!! I also hate the word creep!!!!!!!! LOL

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  500. Riane d'Malchev -  March 26, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Pusillanimous

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  501. Patrick -  March 25, 2013 - 11:05 pm

    pulchritude.

    What’s funny is that it’s actually a word for beauty. Come to think of it, it’s cousin ‘comely’ is not only antiquated, but also sounds more like a real word meaning ‘fugly’.

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  502. Harley -  March 24, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    I have a lot of words that i don’t exactly favor, but i personally think that a lot of words in calculus are unpleasant. For instance–integral–especially if the “e” is stressed. i also dislike the work vagina. the g sound makes almost a “ch” sound. i don’t like it. saying “parenthetical”, “communicative”, “quaff”, “lugubrious”, “incumbent,” the plural for “thesis” and “polysyndaton” are also quite dissatisfying.

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  503. Shaina -  March 23, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Polyp, meal, pimple…..I’m sure there are others.

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  504. The guy watching you from the window -  March 23, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Probably the word Cock , Slug , Vomit …

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  505. Nosredna10 -  March 22, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    Fletcherize is genuinely disgusting! Probably because of a gross kid I knew in 5th grade with last name Fletcher. Ugh…

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  506. unknown -  March 21, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    urine

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  507. Cary Granite -  March 21, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    3-way tie: gelatinous or Warsaw or Guam

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  508. rachal -  March 20, 2013 - 8:24 am

    genuflect

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  509. Hunter -  March 20, 2013 - 6:10 am

    squirt, say it out loud 5 times.

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  510. SeDonia -  March 20, 2013 - 5:49 am

    Squash. I love eating all kinds- but really, who picked out that name? Even as a child I made my mother call it something different or I couldn’t eat it.(cause it even squashes it your mouth and that alone just makes me want to puke.) another word I have distatin for-puke.

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  511. Kenneth -  March 18, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Honestly, “regurgitate” is really disgusting. Anything with an “urge” sound is.

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  512. Carlos -  March 17, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    What About Puke?

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  513. Jessie -  March 17, 2013 - 8:08 am

    Hatred. Think of what it stands for.

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  514. Erich -  March 16, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    I never thought “moist” was gross… Until my wife came back from a run and forewarned me “I’m really moist right now.”

    So now I vote for “moist”

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  515. Liam -  March 15, 2013 - 6:18 am

    Hibernian FC

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  516. johnnyu -  March 14, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    There is only one word I hate: GRODY!

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  517. M -  March 14, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    I find the word excruciating just a bad word. It’s just bad!

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  518. MK -  March 14, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    Groin… actually anything with OI in it… goiter, moist… ick

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  519. timo -  March 14, 2013 - 8:30 am

    ‘Confluence’ – that word irritates me
    or how about ‘Bundt’ – how do you say ‘ndt’???

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  520. Chance -  March 14, 2013 - 8:26 am

    Juxtapose. Horrid word. Cringe every time I hear it or every one of it’s derivations.
    I also loathe the word “kiki”.

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  521. Stephanie N -  March 13, 2013 - 5:24 pm

    Button because I cannot pronounce it right. I do not say the second t. (But in) is how I say it. that goes for most words that end in ton.

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  522. yo -  March 13, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    i’ve always hated the word copious. like just say is slowly (ew ew eww)
    c o p i o u s

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  523. nick -  March 13, 2013 - 7:05 am

    Fecundity

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  524. Ng Jun-Kai -  March 13, 2013 - 2:57 am

    I hate high-pitched sounding ‘squeak’s, but in my opinion, the grossest word based on sound is ‘splatter’.

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  525. Stephania -  March 13, 2013 - 1:03 am

    puberty, Yuck

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  526. Peter -  March 11, 2013 - 11:26 am

    Ointment

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  527. Jenn -  March 11, 2013 - 10:31 am

    I am a fan of them as a woman, but do not like the word “penis”. ;)

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  528. Jared -  March 7, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    loquacious, paucity, garble and poultice

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  529. Xslayer -  March 7, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    Flubs.. I don’t know, it just sounds weird to me when I say it out loud. Flubs…

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  530. mj -  March 7, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    doily. or custard. possibly nougat.

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  531. Nol -  March 6, 2013 - 7:59 am

    Tenuous for sure.

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  532. marioooo -  March 6, 2013 - 1:37 am

    and CRuNCHy too!
    it just gives me goosebumps….. (shudder)
    heheh

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  533. marioooo -  March 6, 2013 - 1:35 am

    MOIST
    - its definitely MOIST……ugh

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  534. Niche Smith -  March 5, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Toe or toes.

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  535. Jerry -  March 5, 2013 - 7:31 am

    fecal

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  536. LizBear -  March 5, 2013 - 2:07 am

    Obviously gross themes have “gross words”. But I love moist chocolate cake (I have no idea why moist is considered nasty. How many things do people often described as moist other than some nice baking??). I would think “leakage” and “damp” would be more gross!

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  537. rocko -  March 4, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    squat… eww

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  538. Kat -  March 2, 2013 - 2:44 am

    “Gastronomic” sounds like something that involves passing gas more than it does involve food.

    Another word that I find strange(although now gross) would be “exhaustive”.

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  539. James -  March 1, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Streptococcus

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  540. RANDOM USER -  February 28, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    i aggree with jonathan siege smegma is pretty gross

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  541. babs -  February 28, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    snork or raunchy or fart. And yes, Kiki does have a spiky sound and taste to it.

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  542. tuula -  February 28, 2013 - 4:53 am

    buoy

    Impossible to spell, disgusting to say.

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  543. JD -  February 27, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    Mastication

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  544. Clary -  February 27, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Sluice, Figgy, Putty, Raunchy, Slaw, staunch.

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  545. Jonathan Siege -  February 27, 2013 - 3:12 am

    Any work with a silent “K”, as in knife and knave, makes me twitch. Explain that one Webranger ; P
    As far as the worst word, I would say “smegma” is the worst I can think of. The word sounds gross, and then you look up the definition…….

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  546. Webranger -  February 22, 2013 - 8:18 am

    ANY word being assassinated by the female American voice.is “horrible, horrible, horrible, murder most foul and unnatural.”
    Those who mention the spelling of words seem unaware that the pronunciation comes chronologically first; spelling is merely an attempt to indicate a sound. That is in alphabetical scripts. In Chinese type and other forms of script a symbol has a meaning independent of pronunciation.
    Strange how so many dislike the sounds “oi” and “s”. So boil the moist soil and foil the coil; suck seething oysters sensuously, and several thousand slippery readers will slide to the sloping floor to be sick as soldiers.
    Has anyone mentioned “regurgitate”? It’s beyond sick and vomit.

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  547. Jon -  February 20, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    My two least favorites are popsicle and crisp. Must be the use p and s and i in a row I guess. Strangely I don’t mind crispy as much though. But at Chili’s they call their chicken fingers Chicken Crispers which sounds even worse! I hate saying it so I just point at the picture when I order them

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  548. lynnie -  February 20, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    It has to be “cremains” from cremation. Who came up with that?
    “After her death and cremation, I gathered her cremains and scattered them in the Great Lakes of Michigan.”

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  549. whatthebeep -  February 20, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    squish

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  550. Emely -  February 20, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    “Pamphlet”, “Ointment”, “Moist”.

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  551. Taije Davis -  February 20, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    My least favorite word would have to be burrito. I know the actual food taste inevitable, but the word just makes me queasy.

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  552. Kenzie -  February 20, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Well moist is an odd word, i agree. Also, ointment. I dislike the -oi suffix. that is pretty weird. Right? also, and this is a strange one to hear coming from my mouth, but actually nugget is slightly annoying. Im not sure why…

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  553. Dawn -  February 20, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    YIELD

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  554. Payden -  February 20, 2013 - 6:34 am

    I think that touche is a gross word, not only does it mean the butt, but it also sounds wierd.

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  555. Doug -  February 20, 2013 - 2:04 am

    Gesticulate.

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  556. Thomas -  February 19, 2013 - 6:42 am

    rural or squirrel

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  557. the epic derp -  February 14, 2013 - 5:38 pm

    swag, yolo

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  558. xav -  February 14, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    word flem gives me the chills, considering where it come from

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  559. Laura -  February 13, 2013 - 1:13 pm

    I cannot think of any word in the English language that I like or hate the sound of. I do, however, either enjoy or dislike saying words based on their pronunciation. My least favorite word to say is ‘rural’. It sticks in my throat and never sounds like I think it should when I try to say it.

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  560. quotexon -  February 12, 2013 - 7:15 pm

    tongue, for me, is definitely pretty icky

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  561. Brooke -  February 12, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    Honestly, the least desirable words in my personal dictionary are suckle, nipple, moist, squishy, dissect, disembowel, and slaughter. I have seen ukelele on here multiple times, but that does not bother me much. A word that I hate when people say is frustrated and library because they always pronounce them incorrectly. My middle name…? I hate saying it… Mackenzie. It’s difficult for me to say. My favorite words, on the other hand, are antidisestablishmentarianism, hippopottomonstrosis, and arachnophobia. :D

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  562. z -  February 12, 2013 - 4:38 pm

    chunk

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  563. wearingearm()ffs -  February 12, 2013 - 1:21 am

    if there was such a word as gwyuerlckgg i would definitely vote it.

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  564. Olivia -  February 11, 2013 - 10:53 am

    clothing.

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  565. Collin -  February 11, 2013 - 6:26 am

    Aqueous
    Everyone I know ALWAYS pronounces this word wrong, and I hate it.

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