Photo: Cassie Palmer Disclaimer: This article examines words people find aversive. As a result, it contains strong and potentially offensive language. eople Magazine—psycholinguistics’ most trusted lexicon—defines “moist” as “the most cringeworthy word” in American English. When they asked some of the sexiest men alive to try and make the word sound sexy, it was pretty clear they could not. […]
About Paul Thibodeau
Paul Thibodeau is an Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Oberlin College. His research focuses on how people communicate with metaphors and analogies. His lab uses computational models and behavioral experiments to study the mechanisms that underline figurative language processing and the subtle but powerful ways that metaphors and analogies constrain the way we think. Thibodeau received a BA in Psychology and Chinese Studies from Swarthmore College and a PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. He has published numerous articles and has taught psychology and statistics courses at Stanford, Swarthmore, and Trinity University.
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Americans hate Congress. A recent Gallup poll found that 78% of people disapprove of the way the legislature does its job. Asked why, nearly everyone points to the general “gridlock” in Washington and/or the lack of progress on specific issues like the budget deficit, gun control, healthcare, and immigration. Americans expect their government to solve […]