Tominda Atkins, "Words we hate. Discuss.", 2/22/2011:
We all have them, and we can't explain why. Words that just sound like nails on a chalkboard to our unique little snowflake ears. Here are mine. What are yours?
There are probably more, but when I hear or read those words, I feel more than just a strong dislike; it's revulsion. The last one makes sense, I guess, but I have no explanation for the rest. These words actually make me physically uncomfortable, or angry, or both, and I can't help it. Just typing them up there was difficult for me. Why is that? I have no idea, but I hope you don't use them against me. If you do, I will put you in the same camp reserved for those who think it's a cute idea to tickle me.
I don't have an explanation either, but for more testimony and discussion, see
"Ask Language Log: The moist panties phenomenon", 8/20/2007
"Don't say 'tin' to Rebecca, you know how it upsets her", 8/20/2007
"Morning mailbag", 9/10/2007
"The long moist tail", 10/6/2007
"From cringe to offense", 10,26,2007
"The 'moist' chronicles, continued", 8/8/2009
"Moist aversion: The cartoon version", 8/27/2008
"Word Attraction", 5/13/2009
"Word aversion and attraction in the news", 5/19/2009
"Prescriptivist pain", 6/17/2009
"Word rage wins again", 7/12/2009
"Six words", 7/23/2010
Back at Tominda Atkins' blog post, dcorsetto comments:
Oh I am so glad you started this discussion.
Actually, re: that last one, I just really really dislike French.
And then HertOnLife veers off to express a classic case of Word Rage:
Around 1995, a word appeared in our language which makes me want to beat someone every time I hear it. That word is "guesstimate".
Did we really need a shade of grey between Guess and Estimate?
This is a somewhat different phenomenon, I think, since it seems to be an intrinsically social reaction — not a nails-on-a-chalkboard feeling about a word itself, but rather an intense irritation at the people who use certain words (or constructions or pronunciations). Often (though not explicitly in HertOnLife's comment) the offenders are perceived as belonging stereotypically to a hated class. (See "The social psychology of linguistic naming and shaming", 2/27/2007, for discussion.)