Every now and then, the iVillage.ca team stumbles upon a word that makes us cringe. Case in point? Moist.
Meaning "slightly damp or humid," the adjective made three or four us shudder during an end-of-workday conversation. Perhaps it's because our first exposure to the word came during high school sex ed class or maybe there's something to the way we pronounce it — regardless, it's a word us ladies would like to see banned.
Which got us talking about the other verbs and nouns that, for some reason or another, make women everywhere squirm. Here's a quick not-so-scientific list of a few we came up with. Do they make you cringe? Have one you'd like to add? Tweet us @iVillageCanada.
Definition: noun; a woman's genitals or vagina.
Reason: As the definition says, it's a vagina. V.A.G.I.N.A.
Preggers (Or Preggo)
Definition: adjective; pregnant.
Reason: What's wrong with saying pregnant? It's what the word means. We get this is informal slang, but it kind of makes the whole carrying a child experience seem like it's less than it really is.
Definition: noun; a female dog, wolf, fox, or otter or a spiteful or unpleasant woman.
Reason: Why does a word to describe a woman who is vexed over something even exist? Is there a similar word for men when they get grumpy/angry? No. So why is using this subversive word OK? It's not.
Definition: noun; women's thin nylon tights.
Reason: For starters, pantyhose are uncomfortable — they stick to a gal's skin and cinch us in in all the wrong places (no one wants something to dig into their love handles). Second, the word pantyhose is completely redundant. Look at that definition — it mentions tights. Why can't we just use the word tights!?
Definition: noun; a process by which substances are produced and discharged from a cell, gland, or organ for a particular function in the organism or for excretion.
Reason: So basically this word describes the act of something throwing up all over you — be it a pus-filled pimple or oily skin glands. Can there really be anything pleasant in that? No.
Definition: Canadian a type of folder with flexible metal fasteners.
Reason: We have to get literal here for a second. The definition of duo? To pair things. But tang? It's typically something that has a strong taste, flavour or smell (like the drink). The two words together make no sense — especially when discussing office supplies. Also, a Duotang is a folder. Or a paperholder. Let's call it that.
Definition: noun; an amber-colored, protein-rich liquid that separates out when blood coagulates.
Reason: This word gets bandied about in ways that have nothing to do with its actual definition. It also reminds us of secretions. (Shudder.)
Definition: noun; legless underpants worn by women and girls.
Reason: We dislike everything about this word. The way it sounds, the way it's pronounced, its definition, its use in movies. It's gross. And makes us feel like we need a shower.
Definition: adjective; (of food) tender, juicy, and tasty.
Reason: Say this word to yourself over and over again — sounds kind of gross and lip-smacky, non? And don't even get us started on the fact that succulent is a synonym for moist. MOIST.