When people have a negative physical reaction to a specific word, it's called word aversion (not misophonia as some people mistakenly presume). "Moist," "pustule," and "panties" are just a few of the words that come up over and over.
In this discussion, Mignon Fogarty and Jade Wu, host of the Savvy Psychologist podcast, discuss word aversion. Some of the points covered include:
- What are some of the most commonly hated words?
- Who is most likely to find certain words disgusting?
- How do researchers measure whether people really hate certain words?
- What are some different theories about why people hate certain words?
- What future research might be able to tease out the details of word aversion?
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the player above or by finding the Grammar Girl podcast on any podcasting app, but if you prefer to read it, we also have a complete (rough) transcript.
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