Words are fascinating.
Some of them offend us, some of them titillate us, some of them impress us and some of them astonish us.
And yet, all they really are are a collection of letters.
It’s the meaning behind words that give them their true power. And yet there are some words out there that have perfectly innocent meanings but make us feel all levels of filth.
Here are some examples of words that sound totally dirty, but actually aren’t.
One chews up wood. The other…well, I suppose the other does that too.
This word used to belong to butchers. But now it makes us picture a human posterior in all of its glory as opposed to a cut of animal meat.
As in punishment, but not the kind that this word might make you think of.
Careful how you say this word. You don’t want to sound like a w****r when talking about chewing.
5. Tight end
Sounds painful and it is a position of sorts. Just in American football.
6. Fanny blower
This is not, I repeat NOT, an item to cool down thrush. It is actually what fans were called in the 19th century.
7. Poop deck
Why would anyone consider this a good name for a part of a ship? It’s just asking for misunderstandings.
Until Urban Dictionary gave it a whole new meaning, this was just a component to strengthen iron beams, thank you very much.
Horrible word in the wrong context but in scientific terms it is the waste product of smelting reactions. Every science teacher dreads this lesson.
When Coronation Street’s Norris Cole uttered the line that his knob could do with a wipe, he meant his door handle. But that line was put in there for a reason. Because we all think knob is funny.
This is an old name for the water rail bird. It isn’t anything to do with anal sex.
Whoever named this Wi-fi stick was trolling the world.
Old people use it to describe a decent sponge. To everyone else, it feels a little bit … filthy. Describing yourself as moist will not make people ask you if it has been raining outside.
15. Handing off
This phrase that sounds awfully like the passtime of a lonely gent actually describes a rugby motion. So kind of apt, but still not meant to be rude.
It’s a fruit honestly. And it isn’t salty.
It could be the film. It could be a narrow passage. It could be the song.
But no, our brains automatically think – penis.
Not an Italian pronunciation of a G-spot, this word actually refers to a part of a shoe. Which is most definitely not where you will find the clitoris, lads.