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January 23, 2012

By LucieLacey, Saint Paul, MN

Distasteful: Just saying it is satisfying: the crisp T’s that bounce on your tongue, the smooth S’s that slide through your teeth, the satisfying ending with “-ful,” as you let your bottom lip flop across your upper teeth.
It is a sadly dejected word; maybe for the better though, because if everyone used it they would know the true meaning behind it. When you tell someone that something is distasteful it sounds so proper that they don’t even realize you are insulting it. Just think about it, if someone were to say, “That was distasteful,” you wouldn’t get all huffy, it would just go over your head.
It is really quite ironic that distasteful should be my favorite word, since the meaning of it is “offensive, unpleasant, or causing dislike.” I find that people really don’t take it like you are saying that what they said or did caused dislike in you, they don’t really comprehend the real, hard meaning behind it.

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