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.
— Mrs Walsh (@MrsW_online) August 25, 2016
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:
— Judy Bettridge (@JudyBettridge) August 25, 2016
— NITA Online (@NITAonline) August 25, 2016
— Sophie Lafayette (@slafayette) August 25, 2016
#leastfavouriteword – Got to be 'community'
— Vix (@3forlunch) August 25, 2016
— Simon Turner (@Sim0nTurner) August 25, 2016
Okay, so softening has officially become my least favourite word.
— Amy (@amelina12) August 25, 2016
— Jane (@JanieBrum) August 24, 2016
Hi everyone! I have a new least favourite 'word'! "FUNTREPRENEUR" – a person who leaves their job to "pursue their passions"
— Katie Jacobs (@katie_jacobs) August 24, 2016
My least favourite grammar is when people move the question word to the end. You do this… why?
— Real-Life Goblin (@fauxparse) August 15, 2016
My least favourite word is soon (thank you bands)
— TheScriptlessKate (@thelostraindrop) August 12, 2016