Part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge. I’m blogging for one month a post every day except Sundays during April thematically from A to Z. Find out more here.
A sickening distaste, a deep aversion. To be repulsive and repugnant.
Things that disgust me.
Socks are toasty and warm. They hug your feet lovingly until you step in water. Then the cold, wetness clings to you like a leech.
Animals that lick themselves
That slurpy sound of tongue slapping against skin. I can’t even write about it without gagging. Sometimes that dog or cat needs a little kick to stop. Just a little, when the owner isn’t watching. Not enough to hurt but to get them to run off and not come back.
People who cut their nails in the office
Need I say more? I plan to sneak in, steal the clippers, smash them, and leave the pieces on their chair.
Imagine yourself out for a lovely, spring walk. Red winged blackbirds call to you. Rushes blow around the lake. The sun warms your voice. You crack a smile at the person walking towards you. Hock! Right next to you. G-A-G.
This goes along with the animal lickers. People who slurp soup, drinks, and the worst offender – at a water fountain. I put up a sign once at work over the fountain: no slurping allowed!
Slimy, cold flesh full of juices that run into cracks. Germs spread in an invisible glaze. Scrub. Scrub. You can’t get rid of the slime. Raw meat under your fingernails. Ewww..
Breast feeding in public
Yes, I know. Go women’s lib. I just don’t want to see it. Stay at home and do it, go in the bathroom, or put it in a bottle and take it with you. Please.
Want to be really disgusted? See the 10 most disgusting things in food. I know a certain amount of mouse doo doo is allowed in peanut butter. And I check for it every time. Then again if its pureed how would I know? A little bit won’t hurt you, the FDA says. Here’s the FDA approved list of disgusting things allowed in food:
Do people universally find things disgusting? See for yourself and take a survey of 20 images of things perceived as repulsive. A team of researchers showed it to more than 80,000 individuals from 172 countries.
Disgust. It’s the survival ick factor.
Valerie Curtis, a self-described “disgustologist” from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, described her favorite emotion as “incredibly important.”
(Disgustologist! Love it)
She continued: “It’s in our everyday life. It determines our hygiene behaviors. It determines how close we get to people. It determines who we’re going to kiss, who we’re going to mate with, who we’re going to sit next to. It determines the people that we shun, and that is something that we do a lot of.”
Some studies have suggested that political conservatives are more prone to disgust than liberals are. Then do what people find disgusting they often find immoral, too? Maybe.
There was even a conference recently on The Evolution of Disgust: From Oral to Moral. Many disgust researchers participated. YES. Disgust researchers! I can do that.
Oral to moral. There are so many places I could go with that, but won’t.
In writing this list I realize most of my disgust comes from noisy offenders. I’m beginning to think I have audio meltdowns. Maybe one day when I’m old with a hearing aid I’ll be able to turn it down and find tolerance again. But for now I need to survive so please, just stop!
What disgusts you?