Do you shudder when you hear the word "moist?"

You're not alone, and finally science has (sort of) figured out why.

Paul Thibodeau, a psychology professor at Ohio's Oberlin College, conducted a psychological study about people's disdain toward the word and published his results in the academic journal PLOS One.

Thibodeau determined that about 20% of people are averse to the word "moist."

Data from the current studies point to semantic features of the word — namely, associations with disgusting bodily functions — as a more prominent source of peoples' unpleasant experience," the abstract for the study reads.

He also found that people who had a problem with the word "moist" also had a tough time with "damp," "phlegm," and "puke."

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to put everything I own in the dryer.