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LINGUIST List 24.1475

Mon Apr 01 2013

Media: Why do People Hate the Word ''Moist''? Slate Discusses Word Aversion

Editor for this issue: Brent Woo <bwoolinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Apr-2013
From: Brent Woo <bwoolinguistlist.org>
Subject: Why do People Hate the Word ''Moist''? Slate Discusses Word Aversion
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Word Aversion is a term coined to describe the intense revulsion some people experience on hearing a word like "moist", independent of its real-world connection. Word Aversion is discussed by a linguistics professor and was brought up in Language Log. Is it a real phenomenon? Is it simply socially transmitted?

Read more: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_good_word/2013/04/word_aversion_hate_moist_slacks_crevice_why_do_people_hate_words.html
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