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The Grossest Sounding English Words

Updated August 1, 2018 356.4k votes 21.5k voters 454.6k views77 items

List RulesFeeling queasy? Vote for which English words gross you out the most!

Some words just really gross us out! They make us cringe and turn away. It's that nails-on-a-chalkboard kind of feeling. Maybe because they're the name of something we don't like, as is likely the case with "pus." Gross! Others just don't feel okay to say. Milky? Come on! I'm squirming right now! 

Word aversions are similar to phobias. We hear certain words and just have a visceral response to them, an annoyance or nauseous feeling. Luckily this happens in reverse, too! So words like love and beautiful, make us feel happy and all warm inside. But this list isn't about being fuzzy and cuddly - it's about being GROSSED OUT!    

Look this list over, but be prepared to feel disgusted, queasy, revolted, and repelled. Like a car accident you slowly drive by on the freeway or a slasher film you can't pull your eyes away from - this list will have you squeamish, abhorred and simply grossed out! Vote up the grossest, most disgusting sounding words below.
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    3,671

    Smegma

    Buildup of skin and other crud found between the foreskin and penis.
  • 2
    7,465
    4,653

    Pus

    A white/yellowish liquid formed on the site of a wound or infection. 
  • 3
    5,729
    4,555

    Phlegm

    A liquid secreted by mucous membranes. 
  • 4
    5,700
    4,604

    Seepage

    The slow escape of a liquid or gas through small holes or porous material.
  • 5
    5,101
    4,218

    Discharge

    A ladies special cottage cheese
  • 6
    7,346
    6,331

    Moist

    Sightly damp, wet, or humid.
  • 7
    4,568
    3,930

    Loogie

    A large wad of spit or phlegm, i.e. lung cookie
  • 8
    4,831
    4,392

    Splooge

    An abrupt discharge of fluid.
  • 9
    4,588
    4,378

    Jizz

    When one jizzes.
  • 10
    3,200
    3,731

    Squits

    Yorjshire slang for diarrhea
  • 11
    3,462
    4,430

    Fester

    Of a wound or sore that becomes septic; suppurate.
  • 12
    2,578
    3,494
  • 13
    3,387
    4,597

    Ooze

    (of a fluid) slowly trickle or seep out of something.
  • 14
    3,100
    4,238

    Mucus

    A slippery secretion produced by and covered by mucous membranes. 
  • 15
    1,925
    3,027

    Cum

  • 16
    2,526
    4,096
  • 17
    2,667
    4,328

    Secrete

    To produce a discharge or substance.
  • 18
    2,339
    4,263
  • 19
    1,989
    3,888

    Putrid

    (of organic matter) decaying or rotting and emitting a fetid smell
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    2,173
    4,360

    Curd

    A dairy product obtained by curdling milk. Can substitute soy. 
  • 21
    1,930
    3,975

    Snot

    Liquid nasal secretions or mucous.
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    1,849
    4,131

    Suckle

    To feed (a baby or young animal) from the breast or teat.
  • 23
    1,743
    3,983

    Orifice

    An orifice is any opening, mouth, hole, or vent, as of a pipe, plate, or a body. 
  • 24
    1,376
    3,227

    Congeal

    To solidify or coagulate, espiecailly by cooling. 
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    1,377
    3,259

    Engorge

    cause to swell with blood, water, or another fluid