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Are there words you hate? Really, vicerally hate?

If so, you suffer from word aversion and you are not alone. Language Log’s Mark Liberman says some aversions—creamy, panties, ointment—may be related to the word’s meaning, while others—cornucopia, hardscrabble, whimsy—almost certainly are not.

Personally, while I have no loyalty to the sound of ointment, I am very fond of the words unguent and salve.

Check out more discussion of word aversion at Slate, if you dare.

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