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These Are The 'Most Hated' Words in the English Language

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Updated: 7 February 2018
We’ve all got our pet hates, but when it comes to words in the English language, there are a few we just have no time for whatsoever.

I asked everyone at Culture Trip for their least favourite words in the English language. From yeast to bap, gushing to renal, here’s just a few that will quite literally make you vom. Oh, and thanks to Merriam Webster for all the cringe-worthy definitions.

Riddle

Definition: A mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed.

Phlegm

Definition: Viscid mucus secreted in abnormal quantity in the respiratory passages.

Moist

Definition: Slightly or moderately wet.

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Moreish

Definition: Causing a desire for more

Foetus

Definition: An unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind; specifically :a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth

Tofu

Definition: A soft food product prepared by treating soybean milk with coagulants (such as magnesium chloride or diluted acids).

Trump…

Definition: the 45th President of the United States.

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Crevice

Definition: A narrow opening resulting from a split or crack (as in a cliff).

Mucus

Definition: A viscid slippery secretion that is usually rich in mucins and is produced by mucous membranes which it moistens and protects.

Renal

Definition: Of, relating to, involving, or located in the region of the kidneys.

Tender

Definition: Marked by, responding to, or expressing the softer emotions.

Pantyhose

Definition: A one-piece undergarment for women that consists of hosiery made with a panty-style top – usually plural in construction.

Giblets

Definition: The edible viscera of a fowl.

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Crust

Definition: A hard or brittle external coat or covering.

Ululate

Definition: To utter a loud, usually protracted, high-pitched, rhythmical sound especially as an expression of sorrow, joy, celebration, or reverence.

Ointment

Definition: A salve or unguent for application to the skin.

Flaccid

Definition: Lacking vigor or force.

Flaps

Definition: Something that is broad, limber, or flat and usually thin and that hangs loose or projects freely.

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Damp

Definition: A noxious gas.

Doily

Definition: A small often decorative mat.

Bap

Definition: A small bun or roll.

Discharge

Definition: To relieve of a charge, load, or burden.

Scrape

Definition: To damage or injure the surface of by contact with a rough surface (and several other meanings).

Yeast

Definition: A yellowish surface froth or sediment that occurs especially in saccharine liquids (such as fruit juices) in which it promotes alcoholic fermentation, consists largely of cells of a fungus (such as the saccharomyces, Saccharomyces cerevisiae), and is used especially in the making of alcoholic liquors and as a leaven in baking.

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Pus

Definition: A thick, opaque, usually yellowish-white, fluid matter that is formed as part of an inflammatory response typically associated with an infection and is composed of exudate chiefly containing dead white blood cells (such as neutrophils), tissue debris, and pathogenic microorganisms (such as bacteria)

Squat

Definition: To cause (oneself) to crouch or sit on the ground.

Secretion

Definition: The process of segregating, elaborating, and releasing some material either functionally specialized (such as saliva) or isolated for excretion (such as urine).

Smear

Definition: A viscous or sticky substance.

Gushing

Definition: To emit a sudden copious flow.

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