I've read several news reports stating that many people find the word, moist to be offensive. In times past people associated Betty Crocker cake mix with moisture; now, it seems, it's associated with Betty Crocker's Bartholin glands. Some sites go so far as to refer to it as "the 'M' word."
Indeed I've heard of it and I'm a leading proponent of eliminating all references to moisture, damoness, wetness, or any other hydrological terms. I especially don't want to see the M-word, D-word, amd W-word connected in any way with the V-word.
Thanks, Goofy. It was that article that got me thinking about the phenomenon, but when I looked for it I couldn't find it! Search aversion, in my case?
I find it interesting that some hypothesize that bilinguals are less word-averse because they understand the arbitrariness of words and meanings. I can't find anything that says whether that understanding is implicit or explicit.
As for myself, I've used moist at every opportunity since learning of its disdain by some. I intone it with a raspy voice and a rhapsodic expression.