The vote lists the most hated English words and “wet” is not at the top of the list

Everyone has that seemingly innocent word that makes their skin crawl, with humidity being a strong contender for many.

So what words officially make us the most disgusted? Online language platform Preply used data available on the Ranker voting site to find out which words were voted as the most rude.

Getting to number one sucks. Voted the rudest English word with almost 10,000 votes, it is defined as “a white/yellowish fluid formed at the site of an injury or infection”.

Phlegm came in second, with 8,984 votes, defined as “a liquid secreted by the mucous membranes”.

Other words on the list include, moist, oozing, and festering.

Word

Sense

Voting

Pus

A white/yellowish fluid formed at the site of a wound or infection.

9,799

Phlegm

Fluid secreted by the mucous membranes.

8,984

oozing

Slow escape of a liquid or gas through small holes or porous material.

8,799

Humid

Slightly damp, wet or damp.

8,234

Splooge

A sudden flow of liquid.

7,893

Suppurate

Of a sore or sore that becomes septic; suppurate.

7,223

Mucus

Slippery secretion produced and covered by mucous membranes.

7,083

Ooze

Fluid is slowly draining or oozing from something.

6,990

Putrid

Decomposing or rotting organic matter giving off a foul odor

6,912

cottage cheese

Dairy product obtained by curdling milk. Can replace soy.

6,344

Source: Preply

The Preply team also found out which words men and women find the most rude.

For men, ooze was voted as the rudest word, meaning “the slow escape of liquid or gas through small holes or porous material”, while women voted for pus like the rudest word.

In second place, the men were wet, while the women found the splooge to be the second coarsest. Interestingly, all of the words on the list for males and females are biological, showing that both genders seem to dislike words that conjure up images of illness or discomfort.

For men, the list was Seepage, Moist, Phlegm, Ooze, Fester, Loogie, Sploogem Mucus, Gullet, and Snot.

For women, the list is Pus, Splooge, Mucus, Moist, Phlegm, Snot, Putrid, Congeal, and Bulbous.

Daniele Saccard from Preply said: “A lot of people feel uncomfortable about certain words or phrases. This phenomenon is called world aversion, which means a strong aversion or repulsion towards the word.

“It demonstrates how powerful language can be. Language has the ability to make us feel all kinds of positive emotions, including love and happiness. However, on the contrary, language also has the power to make us feel uncomfortable or disgusted.