Moist aversion: The twitter thread

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On Twitter, @muffkin7 asks readers to "Ruin a film by inserting the word 'moist' into its title".

Answers include "Gone moist with the wind", "All moist about Eve", "The good, the bad, the moist, and the ugly", "Little shop of moist horrors", and "Close encounters of the third moist kind".

A sample of LLOG posts on word aversion and related phenomena:

"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", 10/25/2007
"Moist aversion: the cartoon version", 8/27/2008
"Word attraction", 5/13/2009
"Word aversion and attraction in the news", 5/19/2009
"The 'moist' chronicles, continued", 8/8/2009
"Six words", 7/23/2010
"Toot chuckle lil' kidnap Snooki", 2/23/2011
"Hated words", 7/1/2011
"Hydrated and delicious", 12/14/2012
"Literary moist aversion", 12/27/2012
"Malady on word aversion in Slate", 4/1/2013
"Condensation and displacement in word aversion", 4/3/2013
"Crispy Curly Noodle Cakes", 8/21/2013
"Word aversion science", 6/24/2015
"Moist! Chuckle Slacks! Dollop!", 11/2/2019

[h/t Lane Greene]


  1. David Morris said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 7:43 am

    A quiet, moist place.

  2. Philip Taylor said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 7:55 am

    How moist was my valley ?

  3. Alexander Browne said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 9:21 am

    The Moist-stache (

  4. BillR said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 9:43 am

    “Moist Saddles”

    “It’s a Moist Moist Moist Moist World”

    “2001: a Moist Odyssey”

  5. Doreen said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 9:48 am

    On a related note, Justin Trudeau grossed himself out earlier this month when he recommended that people wear masks to avoid "speaking moistly" on others:
    Catchy autotuned version:

  6. Tom Dawkes said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 9:57 am

    Susie Dent, the dictionary specialist on the British quiz programme 'Countdown', where contestants must find words in a 9-letter selection and solve numerical puzzles, is well-know for disliking the word 'moist' — though I have never heard her explain just why.

  7. Philip Taylor said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 10:04 am

    Afterthought — Seven moist brides for seven brothers.

  8. Francois Lang said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 10:16 am

    The Moist Spy Who Loved Me

    You Only Live Twice (Moistly)

    Who Wants to Be a Moist Millionaire [OK, not a movie, I know]

  9. Peter Taylor said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 11:49 am

    How Tasty was my Little Moist Frenchman

  10. Tim J said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 12:10 pm

    This baffles me—as far as I'm concerned this is simply a word on a dry-to-wet scale: dry, damp, moist, wet. It differs from "damp" in that actual droplets of liquid can be transferred to another object, and from "wet" in that there is no free water visible. If you squeeze a moist cloth, liquid will appear; squeeze a damp one and it won't. Why this adjective has recently become vilified is a mystery to me.

  11. Philip Taylor said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 1:26 pm

    I no more understand the "moist aversion" than you, Jim, but I cannot help but wonder whether it might be a much more restricted manifestation of the almost universal abhorrence of the noise made by fingernails scraping down a blackboard. Totally irrational, but few of us can control it — my teeth go on edge just writing these words …

  12. David Morris said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 4:06 pm

    Most exercises of this kind are to *substitute* one word in a title. This one says *insert*, and all the examples *add* 'moist' (or in one case 'the moist').

    12 moist, angry men.

  13. Victor Mair said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 4:15 pm

    Whenever I see the word "moist", I always think of my third favorite ancient Chinese thinker, Mo Zi (Master Mo), whose adherents are called "Moists".

    In case you're interested, my first favorite ancient Chinese thinker is Zhuang Zi (Master Zhuang), for his ludic propensities

    and my second favorite ancient Chinese thinker is Wang Chong, for his indefatigable rationalism

  14. Narmitaj said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 5:24 pm

    As I keep a text list of the films I have seen recently, I have a handy dandy resource – these dug from the last ten years or so.

    Moist Little Women
    The Moist Personal History of David Copperfield
    Isle of Moist Dogs
    First Moist Man
    2001: A Moist Space Odyssey
    The Moist Death of Stalin
    Swallows and Moist Amazons
    The Moist Theory of Everything
    Mad Moist Max: Fury Road
    Moist Inside Llewyn Davis
    Moist Boyhood
    Moist Coriolanus
    Pan's Moist Labyrinth
    Never Let Me Go Moist
    The Moist Adjustment Bureau
    The Moist Lives of Others
    Moist Alice in Wonderland
    Harry Potter and the Half-Moist Blood Prince
    Moist Up

  15. Nathaniel Jacobs said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 5:49 pm

    I think “moist” is a lovely word (does anyone want cookies or cakes that are anything other than moist?). And now, through a series of associations, it’s led me to learn about the fascinating Wang Chong! Thanks, Prof. Mair!

  16. Robert said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 6:29 pm

    Fortunately Portrait of the Artist as a Moist Young Man has been turned into a film.
    From the opening lines of the book,
    "Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo. . . .
    When you wet the bed first it is warm then it gets cold. His mother put on the oilsheet. That had the queer smell."

  17. Daniel Johnson said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 7:40 pm

    The Year of Living Dangerously Moist

  18. Rick Rubenstein said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 9:32 pm

    I'm torn between Schindler's Moist List and Moist Gandhi.

  19. Viseguy said,

    April 28, 2020 @ 10:01 pm

    Claire's Moist Knee — and I still don't give a damn about it…

  20. Rachael Churchill said,

    April 29, 2020 @ 6:06 am

    Pretty Moist Woman
    Moist Girl, Interrupted
    Three Men and a Moist Little Lady
    Free Moist Willy
    Planet of the Moist Apes
    The Moist Purge
    The Moist Mummy

  21. Philip Taylor said,

    April 29, 2020 @ 9:34 am

    A quick search of the IMDB suggests that insertion is not required in at least two cases : Moist and Steamy (1979), and Moist Fury (2011).

  22. unekdoud said,

    May 1, 2020 @ 12:48 am

    "Moist Up" reminds me that the Pixar list would also include such famous ones as Moist Ratatouille, the Moist Cars and Moist Toy Story series, as well as Finding Nemo Moist and Finding Dory Moist.

    I personally like the moist number category: Gone in 60 Moist Seconds and 28 Moist Days Later.

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