I’ve been talking a lot about words recently, about the sound and the feel of certain words. Last week, I talked about some of my favorite words in the English language. A lot of those words are lyrical, lovely sounding words.
But there are also a lot of ugly-sounding words. Those words get caught, their texture and sound irksome. Those are the words I don’t like, the words I try to avoid. Some of my least favorites:
1. Moist. There’s something about the sound that I just absolutely cannot stand.
2. Rural. I find the word difficult to say, especially with my Southern drawl, without it just sounding like a bunch of mashed together syllables.
3. Crusty. I don’t even like the noun “crust” that much, but when you make it an adjective, it just sounds yucky.
4. Belly. I’m not sure what it is about this one, but I just hate it. Maybe it’s that the adorable, flexible yoga instructor on the videos I’ve been using says “belly” in this awful cutesy, not-out-of-breath-at-all-meanwhile-I’m-panting sort of way. Maybe it’s that it sounds like “jelly.” I don’t know, but i don’t like it.
5. Pimple. It’s just….Ew.
6. Firstly. What? Why? I’m not sure there’s a reason for that -ly, and I don’t like it.
7. Succulent. It doesn’t sound nearly as good as it’s supposed to.
8. Pus. It’s partly the meaning, partly the word itself. It’s an ugly word for an ugly thing.
9. Prissy. There’s something about the sound of it that irks me.
10. Unction. *Shudder.*
11. Curdle. I’m not sure what it is about this one, but I just don’t like it.
12. Receptacle. Too clinical and harsh sounding.
13. Spunky. Just. No.
Alright. I’m off now, to try and read something with lovely language that doesn’t set my teeth on edge. 🙂