Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Power of Words

Those of you who really know me know that I am a fan of semantics. Be it words in our every day language, or some of those random words that I like to make up on my own...I love words.

Well the other day, they had an interesting topic on the radio...words that evoke disgusting imagery in an of themselves! I was immediately sucked into this conversation and had a lot of fun thinking about blogging about it for the past few days. Now the following list of words are those that give me the willies! Some make my skin crawl...some make me nauseous...hell, some of them are pure hurlage!!!

1. Puke
2. Slither
3. Pus (this one makes me shiver!)
4. Spit
5. Ooze
6. Phlegm
7. Poop
8. Fart
9. Rotten
10. Corroded

...and of course the list could go on-I'm sure that I omitted a few!

In comments, how do these words make you feel? How many of you think I am insane.....as. If. I. Care. What words might you add to the list?

37 comments:

Susan said...

Loogie, as in "hock a loogie" uggghhh


Snotrocket.

Oddly, not too many of your words bother me. I did have a disgusting little brother though..

Tera said...

Susan~aaaahhhhh! That is definitely one that I forgot...SNOT is bad enough...snotrocket??? Wow!

Anali said...

Well, I feel pretty disgusting now. Thanks!!! : ( But I forgive you! ; )

NoRegrets said...

Um, I think it's an indication of reading the bloggers around here that I read #3 as in a little kitty / and/or the member of the female anatomy, and wondered why THAT would be considered gross.

I'll come up with some words for you...

Susan said...

Oh Noooorrr. I'm so glad you read it the same way as me. I was like.."is that one bad?"

Tera: I could tell you a disgusting story but I'm a little tied up at work. I'll save it for when I have a minute to breathe.

Tera said...

Anali~Phew!!! That's a relief :)

NoR~Hmm, maybe I mis-spelled it...I was going for PUS, you know like that ooey gooey crap that comes out of wounds and is indicative of infection?! LMFAO!!! It must be nice to know someone who loves words and can't even spell...I had better go and correct that :)

Susan~And when you have a moment, do tell!

DangerDoll said...

Eeewww! Pus! I hate that word!

The rest of them don't bother me at all. But pus...{shudder}

Tera said...

D Dub~I just knew you'd understand!

NoRegrets said...

how about lobotomy?
diahrrea?
hangnail?
drool?
vomit?

I personally like farting. It's a fun word!

Nance said...

I love words! I agree that "pus" is just an ugly word, period. Some words aren't nouns that name ugly things, but they are icky adjectives:

1. turgid
2. corpulent
3. tumescent
4. putrefied
5. gangrenous

Some words just LOOK ugly:

1. maggot
2. scab
3. viscous (not 'vicious')
4. irk
5. slut

Tera said...

NoR~I'm glad I read your comment BEFORE dinner!

Nance~You have officially made this post the funnest in the world...who'd have thunk of those words on your top list?!!! *sigh...Excuse me while I go to dictionary.com

P.S. You are 150% correct...those words on the bottom list DO "look ugly!"

Nina said...

This is really yucky. I just had breakfast...I'll have to come back later.

P.S. I don't even know all the words on Nance's list...Tera please post the definitions :)

Tera said...

Nina~LOL! I know...the English Teacher in her has truly come shining through!!

Dagromm said...

The only one that comes immediately to mind is "lawyer".

Tera said...

Dagromm~Hilariousness!

Susan said...

So my nasty story: I used to date a guy that'd hold me down on the ground and let this long line of spit/loog hang from his mouth and almost touch my face. Right before it'd touch my face he'd suck it back in and make this horrible nasty sound.

I literally just shuddered at the memory.

Tera said...

Susan~I literally just shuddered at the thought.

Susan said...

What's really sad is this didn't happen in grade school. This was about 4 years ago.

Tera said...

Susan~Oh. My. Goodness!

NoRegrets said...

Wow. I think emotionally he's stuck in grade school. Wait, did it happen more than once? Why'd you stick around after the first time?

Tera said...

NoR~Yeah, what NoR said!

NoRegrets said...

You're being talked about over on D's page...

Tera said...

NoR~Would that be D Dub or Dagromm? I'd better get my ass over there to see what the hell is going on!

NoRegrets said...

Your DDub is my DD.

heather said...

(and my d2 lol)

Tera said...

NoR & Heather~Thanks for clearing that up :)

Jefe said...

Smegma.
With the caveat that, if you pronounce it "Schmegma," the edge is taken off considerably.

NoRegrets said...

OK, fine, I put up a new post that you don't have to think about.

Tera said...

Jefe~Ewwww yes, that is disgusting! Even the thought makes me shiver! And no, pronouncing it that way doesn't take the edge off for me!

NoR~Great!

NoRegrets said...

Whereforartthou?

Susan said...

Can you hear my nails tapping on my desk waiting for a new blog?

NoRegrets said...

You alive?

Tera said...

NoR & Susan~Thank you guys for always checking on me...yeah, I am alive...breathing...the gauge on the "Happy Meter" is not to high, but I'm here.

NoRegrets said...

Blogging will make you feel better. :-)

Cyber D said...

What about turd? Elegant in its simplicity, yet elaborate in its meaning!

NoRegrets said...

Silence is not golden.

NoRegrets said...

Helllloooo?