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(Slate)   Moist, squab, cornucopia, panties, navel, brainchild, crud, slacks, crevice, fudge, ointment: all words that make us cringe for no good reason. It must be noted, however, that "Fudge Ointment" would be an absolutely killer band name   ( divider line
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2013-04-01 01:40:22 PM  
You wouldn't have such a problem with moist, creamy panties if you weren't all over macaque
2013-04-01 01:50:38 PM  
I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks.

/also like to eat ice cream
2013-04-01 01:58:38 PM  
2013-04-01 01:59:15 PM  

/I'm not Buffalo Bill
2013-04-01 02:00:02 PM  
People hate the word moist the same way everyone claims to be terrified of clowns.
2013-04-01 02:01:08 PM  
2013-04-01 02:01:44 PM  

/doesn't get it
2013-04-01 02:02:32 PM  
I'm only three years old so I'm getting a real kick outta these replies

2013-04-01 02:08:56 PM  
Those are all quite tinny.
2013-04-01 02:09:28 PM  
If those words make you uncomfortable, there's a good chance I don't want to talk to you.

In 4th or 5th grade we had some cops and other people come by to give us a "seminar" on inappropriate sexual conducts by adults toward children. Pretty standard fare for the mid 90s. They said that none of us would feel comfortable using words like vagina or penis in front of adults. They asked for volunteers and got about 20% of the group raising their hand. To their dismay one of my classmates came up and started saying pretty much ever "dirty" word he knew into the mike and all the kids started laughing. This was a weird kid, but I don't really find adults who act less mature than a 10 year old very much fun to interact with.
2013-04-01 02:09:43 PM  
None of those make me cringe.

/I guess I'm just different.
//So people tell me.
2013-04-01 02:10:37 PM  
Until I got to the end of the headline, I thought we were listing euphemisms.
2013-04-01 02:10:47 PM  
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2013-04-01 02:11:16 PM  
Mmmmmmmmm! Moist Squab! AWWWWWWWWW!!!!
2013-04-01 02:13:45 PM  

bearded clamorer: Escutcheon

Me too.  That's why I gave up my job as a pursuivant.
2013-04-01 02:14:09 PM  
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"I need unguent."
2013-04-01 02:15:53 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: o_O

/doesn't get it

It's some bizarro form of synasthesia.  People actually have physical symptoms (nausea) to the spoken or printed word.

/don't get it either
2013-04-01 02:16:52 PM  

/that is all
2013-04-01 02:16:53 PM  
I like moist. It makes me think of cake. Mmmm. Cake.
2013-04-01 02:17:14 PM  
2013-04-01 02:17:44 PM  
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2013-04-01 02:19:08 PM  

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"I need unguent."

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"unguent...for my gout"
2013-04-01 02:20:30 PM  
The moist, watery viscosity of a pair of soiled panties may be a post-coital byproduct, and an indication that you should use a prophylactic next time.
2013-04-01 02:21:12 PM  
Did someone say "Fudge Ointment"?

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2013-04-01 02:21:31 PM  
i never had a problem with moist.  it's like cakes that are good, are air that is humid.
2013-04-01 02:24:50 PM  


2013-04-01 02:27:08 PM  
I have a feeling this thread is going to be epic.
2013-04-01 02:31:13 PM  
'Dank' should be on this list,  'moist', not so much...

/boogie, booger, and snot, too.
2013-04-01 02:31:40 PM  
my moist turgid used panties are very damp and moist
2013-04-01 02:31:52 PM  
Moist Squab Cornucopia is the name of my Jimmie's Chicken Shack cover band.
2013-04-01 02:33:43 PM  
tumescent protuberance
2013-04-01 02:33:57 PM  
"Stank". Thankfully it's not as trendy as it was a few years ago.
2013-04-01 02:34:23 PM  
I like "panties." I always thought it was sexy.
2013-04-01 02:37:51 PM  

farker99: None of those make me cringe.

/I guess I'm just different.
//So people tell me.

You're not alone, the wifey agrees with you.
2013-04-01 02:37:56 PM  
What's wrong with cornucopia?
2013-04-01 02:38:20 PM  
2013-04-01 02:41:26 PM  

Get a corporate job & tell me AT THE END OF THE DAY you don't hate those words.
2013-04-01 02:41:53 PM  

phaseolus: "Stank". Thankfully it's not as trendy as it was a few years ago.

Mentalpatient87: I like "panties." I always thought it was sexy.

I'ma get some stank on my panties. Stankpanties.
2013-04-01 02:42:50 PM  
2013-04-01 02:43:19 PM  

SuperChuck: What's wrong with cornucopia?

too close to corn-in-your-poo?

/next thanksgiving you will laugh thinking about that
/or throw up in your mouth a little
2013-04-01 02:43:42 PM  
"Fudge Ointment" would be an absolutely killer band name.

How about "Crevice Fudge" instead?
2013-04-01 02:46:00 PM  
Wankel rotary engine
2013-04-01 02:48:26 PM  
Oh for godsakes how does puss not make that list?

2013-04-01 02:48:34 PM  
"Kiosk" and "Eschew".
2013-04-01 02:48:39 PM  
2013-04-01 02:48:55 PM  
Moist Fudge Ointment
2013-04-01 02:50:10 PM  

Wogus: "Eschew".

i know i could just go to websters, but is it, "ess CHEW" or "a shoe"?  or are both proper?  it isn't a word i use but i've heard both.
2013-04-01 02:51:42 PM  
Bah, I used to have a small list of such words (generated during the latest hours of a great bar night), but the only one that comes to mind is cook.

Don't know why, I dislike the word immensely.

/that, and the sound of a beer being poured, a steak being sizzled, or a person talking with their mouth full on the radio
2013-04-01 02:55:46 PM  
Pulchritude - the ugliest word for beauty ever coined
2013-04-01 03:01:17 PM  

Mentalpatient87: I like "panties." I always thought it was sexy.

I have met more and more women who just do not like that word.
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