For me, it’s “surfaced”. For others, “moist”, or “slacks”, or “ointment”. Whatever the word, it’s part of a phenomenon called word aversion. Slate investigates.
Word aversion is marked by strong reactions triggered by the sound, sight, and sometimes even the thought of certain words, according to Liberman. â€œNot to the things that they refer to, but to the word itself,â€ he adds. â€œThe feelings involved seem to be something like disgust.â€
Participants on various message boards and online forums have noted serious aversions to, for instance, squab, cornucopia, panties, navel, brainchild, crud, slacks, crevice, and fudge, among numerous others.