These are the food words that give most of us the ‘ick’

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We start with the obvious – “moist.”

This word really rattles people. It’s also onomatopoeic; it sounds like the squelch you get when you bite that cake, quiche, or slice of meat (which is, to be honest, perfectly cooked).

We dug deeper. We started looking for words that made us shiver.

Words that make us tense up our teeth as opposed to words that whet our appetite. What did we discover? What did we find?

The most ‘icky’ food words

The term “steaming mound” is the worst of all. When that word rears its ugly head, we don’t know what to say. This is most commonly used with mashed potatoes, pumpkins, parsnips, etc. We won’t be spouting it around here at

The second most reviled

Steve Carell said it best (or something like that): “If the word ‘yeast” is ever used in connection with food, then just don’t eat it.” We’ll do what the man says.

There are a lot more (and some of them are divisive).

Some words can make you shiver or even wash over you. Tripe is a personal thing. Some people think of pulp as a beautiful prize at the drink’s end, while others see it as a bitty mess and teeth-obstructors.

Below are some more words that we hate or love.

Offal (pretty rotten)

  • Tripe
  • Ooze
  • Pulpy
  • Curdle
  • Clothed
  • Pungent
  • Connoisseurs
  • Yolk
  • Mouth-watering
  • Umami
  • Juicy
  • Broil
  • Saccharine
  • Glob
  • Briny
  • Eggy
  • Fermented
  • Tepid
  • Rancid

There are also those that we struggle to pronounce correctly

Do you hate it when, while you’re in public, some ugly tongue twister spits out its letters at you? We feel the same way.

Even the most experienced of us can stumble over a word like ‘Croissant.’ Another difficult one to pronounce is ‘Bruschetta.’

This is just a small sample. If you want to see all the pasta mistakes we all make, have a look at this. You’ll be amazed.

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