National 25.8.2016 09:16 am

‘Moist’ emerges as world’s most despised English word

A screenshot of the voting map as it stands on Thursday, August 24. Picture: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/one-word-map/#

A screenshot of the voting map as it stands on Thursday, August 24. Picture: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/one-word-map/#

Oxford Dictionaries is calling on people from all over the world to submit their least favourite words in the English language and explore other submissions on an interactive map.

This finding has emerged in the #onewordmap research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries, which is a bid to find the least popular words in the English Language. An interactive map has been created, and people from all over the world are asked to submit their least favourite words. One can also explore the top words submitted by others.

By 8.30am on Thursday morning (August 25), the total number of words submitted stood at 9 527. According to The Guardian, Oxford Dictionaries is hoping tens of thousands of people will participate in the survey.

Three people have voted in South Africa so far, with the words, “flacid” [flaccid], “obligated” and “hectic” each getting one vote.

In Greece, two people voted for “Brexit”, as did one person in Gibraltar.

“Moist” has received the most votes so far, standing at the top of the voting log for the United Kingdom (153),  Australia (157), United States (147), Canada (135), Netherlands (27), Jersey (1), Maldives (1), Serbia (1) and Ireland (1).

“Love” is the most disliked word in India, with 109 votes.

Many people have taken to Twitter to share their least favourite words:

https://twitter.com/LouMWrites/status/768526058928934912

 

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