Friday, October 31, 2008


"Hallowed" Words

The other day, I was inspired by a radio station up in the Poconos/Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area (WKRZ)*. They were having a call-in survey that seems apropos to discuss, both in this blog and on this particular day.

"What words out there make you cringe/think eww, gross?"

Respondents chose a lot of words I never thought about being gross, or even, cringe-worthy, but I'll disclose to see what you think. Granted, I missed part of the survey since they must have started before I was off from work, but still, nevertheless...

"moist," "gush," "soiled," "gurgle," "chunk"...

How about it? What words do you find particularly gag-inducing?

As an archaeologist, even though I do know the other contexts that make some of these words gross, I'm not too easily fazed by any of the words proffered by the listeners. Actually, I can't think of ANY. This is a shame, since I do like to make people gag with lame jokes and puns. Words could be another happy medium (pun noted). I'll avoid the cringe-worthy verbiage, but only if you let me know what makes you wish you could take a Sharpie to an OED (Oxford English dictionary) or good ol' Webster's.

Although I don't think Stephen King will stop anytime soon.

To that I conclude this entry. Happy Halloween and if you can't gross anyone out with your costume, by all means, your vocabulary could!

* WKRZ, (C) 2008 Entercom Wilkes Barre LLC, Intertech Media LLC, October 21, 2008 Broadcast.


Blogger Terri Tiffany said...

I had to stop in and say that I'm from that area so it was neat to read your mention of Wilkes Barre although I'm in Florida now! Thanks for a great post!

5:21 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Awesome. I'm further south than that area, but we still get the station on the radios down here. It was one of the things I missed while down in Florida a few years back.

Thanks for the comment and glad you liked this post.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Cher'ley said...

The first thing that came to my mind is it'snot funny. I don't like to handle slimey things and I don't like to think about them either. But, sometimes I think about what might gross out a reader. LOL

I was in PA a couple of weeks ago, but not that far north. I lived in FL a couple of times too. I lived in Pompono Beach and a few years later in Daytona Beach.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

It's funny though. In essence, to gross out a reader, you could be thinking about the very things that gross you out too!

I live in Pennsylvania but lived in Tallahassee for two years too. The common threads we all seem to have!

Thanks again for the comments.

6:55 AM  

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