Mar 13 2017 1:00pm

Which Word Squicks You Out More?


Does the word moist make your cringe? Does the word folds totally take you out of the sexy times as you read? Here at H&H there's plenty of debate about the words that totally squick us out, so we're giving you a chance to weigh in and tell us—which one is worse?


H&H Editor Picks:

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Squick Me Out: UnPassionate Words, Part 2

Squick Me Out, Part 3: Revenge of the Moist

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The Science of Squick?

Only Cream We Want Is for Coffee: Squick Me Out(Loud) Romance Words vs. Real-Life Usage

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Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
UGH! I strongly dislike all the words! I tried to think of them in a romance novel context and I just... couldn't!

2. lauralee1912
Thanks for the nice break from writing some technical instructions this afternoon! Just happens to include the words drive and slot multiple times. ~groan~
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
@lauralee1912, OH NO!!! Hahahahaha, that had me laughing for a while. Glad it could be a break!
4. Mzcue
Several come to mind: "fisted," as in, "She fisted her hands in his hair."
C'mon, really? There are so many other words to use that don't have the awkward ties to hard core.

"Inhale" and "exhale" used as nouns. (What, inhalation/exhalation have too many letters for my impaired attention span?)

And the oh-so exhausted phrase---"in all the right places." Instant flash on crummy Mae West immitation.

Each one of these wrenches me out of a narrative with a squick followed by a mental ice bath.
6. KimberlyBell
I am not easily squicked. The strongest reaction I've gotten from this poll is the overwhelming need to go get some cake.
Adriana Gonzalez
7. agonmor
I have to admit that I have no problem with most of the words. I've found that it's how the word is used more than the word itself. You'd be amazed with what bad writing can do to innocent words.
Rakisha Kearns-White
8. BrooklynShoeBabe
I love this survey. There is something about the word ooze and weep remind of open sores. *shiver*
9. C.
I find most of them more ridiculous than squicky. Squicky is for when they make me think of open sores.
10. Lolane
Some of these words are not that bad, just slightly more or less preferable by degrees. And I am not sure what the relationship between "panties" and "juices" is supposed to be, unless it's a specific reference to the crotch panel in underpants.
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