What is the Grossest Word in the English Language?

atkins bookshelf wordsThe English language, with more than a million words, has many euphonious (beautiful-sounding) words. The flip side of that coin, is that it also has a lot of ugly-sounding words. Of course, a sub-group of ugly-sounding words are ones that may not sound ugly, but evoke a really ugly visual, i.e., words that are simply gross. The logophiles at dictionary.com reached out to their readers to find out which words they thought were the grossest. Here is their list of the 15 words they thought were “so gross they’ll make you sick.” Not surprisingly, some of the grossest words are related to the most disgusting discharges from the human body. Ew!

diarrhea: an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency, fluidity, and velocity of fecal evacuations

feces: waste matter that is discharged from the bowels after food has been digested (in medical terms, stercus; in kid terms, poop)

fester: to form pus, and generate purulent matter; to cause ulceration in the flesh

feculent: full of dregs or fecal matter; foul, muddy, or turbid

fetid: having an offensive odor

maggot: soft-bodied legless larva, especially that of a fly, found in decaying matter

masticate: to chew

mucus: a viscous, lubricating mixture of electrolytes, epithelial cells, leukocytes, mucins, and water that is secreted by glands lining the esophageal, nasal, and other body cavities

ooze: to flow, percolate, or exude slowly, as through a small opening

phlegm: the thick mucus secreted in the respirator passages and discharged through the mouth

pimple: a small, usually inflammatory welling of the skin containing pus

scab: the incrustation that forms over a sore or wound during healing

seepage: to ooze gradually through a porous substance

smegma: a thick, cheese-like sebaceous secretion that collects beneath the female and male genitalia

vomit: to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

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For further reading: http://www.dictionary.com/slideshows/gross-words?param=wotdemail&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WOTD%203/25/17&utm_term=wordoftheday#maggot

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