The Grossest Words in the English Language

Masticate, smegma, phlegm – don't these words just make you want to barf?

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English – one of the world’s most widely spoken languages – has some pretty disgusting words in the dictionary. Here are some of the ickiest ones that don’t only sound bad but look unpleasant as well we got from this Reddit thread.

Please don’t blame us for the trauma incurred from the visualisations.

1. Smegma

Smegma is defines as ‘a sebaceous secretion in the folds of the skin, especially under a man’s foreskin’. It is made up of dead skin cells and fatty oils. It is derived from the Greek word for soap but as you can see, it looks anything but clean.

2. One Hundred and Forty-Four

Duh! One gross is 144.

3. Slough

The dictionary defines the word ‘slough’, a place of deep mud or mire, a state of moral degradation or spiritual dejection. It is also to discard, shed, at let go.

“Slough, as in during menstruation the lining of the uterus sloughs off,” says user WJExiled

There can be no positive use of this word it appears.

4. Pustule

Teenagers all over the world have suffered a few pustules on their face – those icky white pus-filled bumps that look like they are about to spew white poison.

5. Phlegm

Phlegm is that greenish-yellow, thick viscous substance that is secreted when people catch a cold. The retching sound accompanied when phlegm is expelled (sometimes, no, many a times, in public) is equally disgusting and deserves a name of its own.

6. Puce

Is it a form of pus or another bodily secretion? No – it’s just a colour – dark red or purple-brown to be precise. Doesn’t seem like a pretty colour too.

7. Engorged

“An engorged penis”

“Her breasts are engorged with milk”

“His stomach was engorged with food”

Suddenly, a word that means to “swell with blood, water, or another fluid” makes even the best things in the world look horrible.

8. Minge

Minge is slang for a woman’s pubic hair. Now, we’re no squeamish lady-haters here at Bayside Journal but that word just makes us cringe.

9. Prolapse

A prolapse is what occurs is when structures, or fall, out of their normal positions.

“True story: am 911 dispatcher, have gotten several calls for prolapsed anuses, penises and vaginas,” says user 2_minutes_in_the_box.

A medical term just became super scary and gross at the same time

10. Masticate

To masticate is to ‘grind, crush, and chew (food) with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing’. Ever wondered why cows keep chewing all the time? They actually chew their food twice – the first time it is chewed just enough to soften it and send down to the rumen (a part of the cow’s stomach). This softened food is called ‘cud’ and it is resent to the cow’s mouth where it chews the same masticated food again.

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