There’s Actually A Scientific Reason You Hate The Word ‘Moist’
Gave us the heebie jeebies even writing that word.
Get the shivers when someone with no respect for social boundaries decides to use the word 'moist' in casual conversation?
You're not the only one - but as it turns out, there's a totally scientific reason for that explains why you irrationally hate it so much.
According to a new study, this is actually all thanks to oue natural instincts, so next time someone looks at you like your nuts when you shudder at the word, you can at least explain that science is totally to blame.
To get technical, the study conducted by Dr Paul Thibodeau found that out of 2,500 surveyed, 18% of people reacted negatively to the word. He deduced that the reason for this was probably down to a possible three hypotheses; because of the way the word sounds, because of its association with bodily functions or because everyone else hates the word.
But after some scientific investigation, he concluded that it's mainly down to the association with bodily functions, because other similarly graphic words including 'phlegm', 'damp', 'sticky' and 'vomit' had similar results.
So basically we just have our natural aversion to grossness to thank, although if you want to get even more scientific about it, this aversion actually has to do with out innate want to avoid things that cause illness.
"Disgust is adaptive. If we didn't have an instinct to run away from vomit and diarrhea, disease would spread more easily," Dr Thibodeau explains - although he adds that things like social media spreading an understanding that a word should be deemed gross also has a part to play in exacerbating things.
"There is an important cultural component [...] the symbols we use to communicate with one another can become contaminated and elicit disgust by virtue of their association with bodily functions," he adds.
So there's that. MOIST.
(sorry couldn't resist)