Words we love to hate

Are you repelled by certain words? Do you get that fingernails-on-chalkboard feeling when someone says ‘moist,’ ‘dollop’ or ‘fascia’? In this week’s episode Kavita Pillay, who has some word aversions of her own, seeks answers from linguists who study this phenomenon.

Music in the podcast by Podington Bear, Kikoru and Blue Dot Sessions. Photo by Sauli Pillay. Read a transcript of this episode here.

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  • As I was listening to the Words we love to hate episode I was wondering if other languages have the same kinds of words for their native speakers.
    Does anyone know?

    • Great suggestion for a future episode, thank you! (We thought about including non-English words in this episode but it turned out we had more than enough material!)

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