I am a huge fan of the UK's Guardian newspaper for its alternative point of view and myriad stories that we never see in the US news. I also love it when they ask their readers for their point of view on things and I have found some of the funniest writing there.
Right now, they're running a story on words that make you wince. Not as much for being gramatically incorrect, but because you can't bear the sound of them. Most of the words are not obsene or disgusting, but ones that just make people squirm. One of the most frequently cited is:That doesn't bother me too much, but wound does.It is usually prefaced by gaping or open, and it just turns me green. Same as this word:I had a friend who couldn't abide the words snack or sneaker. The combination of those sounds made her crazy. (In an e-mail, she told me that with an eight-year old son, she can now tolerate snack.) What makes me crazy is the practice of morphing a perfectly good noun into a verb. The worst example for me is gifted or gifting. What's wrong with gave?
What is the word that just makes your skin crawl? Why?