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There’s a word that is universally loathed—scientifically supported as terrible. Can you guess it? It’s not phlegm or curd or mucus. It parades all over this fine website.

It’s moist.

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Don’t stop reading. Look at these (moist) cakes:

Nigel Slater's Extremely Moist Chocolate-Beet Cake

Nigel Slater's Extremely Moist Chocolate-Beet Cake by Genius Recipes

This Cake is Very Vanilla (In the Best Possible Sense)

This Cake is Very Vanilla (In the Best Possible Sense) by Posie Harwood

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New research presented in a scientific paper cringingly called “A Moist Crevice for Word Aversion” suggests that it’s less the sound of the word that grosses us out but rather its association. “Moist” is a word you can use to describe your favorite cake and also the wettest, dampest, dankest…parts.

If you’ve made it this far—we almost didn’t—let’s keep you uncomfortable and run through all the times* we used “moist” to describe a food.

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*Okay it's a curated list. How many times, really? One editor guessed 50. The real answer: 728. One day we’ll know better.

These cakes (and 118 others) are moist.

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake by Genius Recipes

Speculoos Breakfast Cake

Speculoos Breakfast Cake by Kendra Vaculin

Chocolate-Mashed Potato Cake with Ganache

Chocolate-Mashed Potato Cake with Ganache by janeofmanytrade

Walnut Sponge Cake

Walnut Sponge Cake by Alice Medrich

Vermont Spice Pumpkin Cake

Vermont Spice Pumpkin Cake by Posie Harwood

Donna Hay's Food Processor Carrot Cake

Donna Hay's Food Processor Carrot Cake by Sarah Jampel

These breads—and 50 others—can be, too.

Anna Jones' Seeded Banana Bread with Lemon Sesame Drizzle

Anna Jones' Seeded Banana Bread with Lemon Sesame Drizzle by The Curious Pear

Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread

Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread by Thalia

Breads You Can Mix By Hand (+ How to Make Ciabatta)

Breads You Can Mix By Hand (+ How to Make Ciabatta) by Erin McDowell

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How to Make Any Kind of Banana Bread in 6 Steps

How to Make Any Kind of Banana Bread in 6 Steps by Hillary Reeves

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We also have moist biscuits.

Shirley Corriher's Touch-of-Grace Biscuits

Shirley Corriher's Touch-of-Grace Biscuits by Kristen Miglore

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Whole-Wheat Pull-Apart Biscuits

Whole-Wheat Pull-Apart Biscuits by LukasVolger

Biscuits With Summer Berries and Whipped Cream

Biscuits With Summer Berries and Whipped Cream by Phyllis Grant

How to Make the Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

How to Make the Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits by Erin McDowell

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Moist muffins—what an alliteration.

Buckwheat Zucchini Muffins

Buckwheat Zucchini Muffins by yummy supper

Molasses Bran Muffins

Molasses Bran Muffins by Posie Harwood

Vegan, Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins

Vegan, Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins by Gena Hamshaw

Lemon Rosemary Muffins

Lemon Rosemary Muffins by Posie Harwood

Moist meatloaf.

Not Your Cafeteria Meatloaf

Not Your Cafeteria Meatloaf by ADRIENE

Meatloaf, Plain And Simple

Meatloaf, Plain And Simple by sdebrango

Then, we have chicken. Moist chicken.

A Nutty, Crunchy Coating to Keep Your Chicken Moist
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A Nutty, Crunchy Coating to Keep Your Chicken Moist
A Chicken that Raises the Braise Bar

A Chicken that Raises the Braise Bar by Leslie Stephens

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A Thai Chicken for Sauce Lovers

A Thai Chicken for Sauce Lovers by Leslie Stephens

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Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken

Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken by inpatskitchen

Spiced Buttermilk Roast Chicken

Spiced Buttermilk Roast Chicken by ieatthepeach

Moist pork.

Tuscan Roast Pork (Arista di Maiale)

Tuscan Roast Pork (Arista di Maiale) by Emiko

Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers

Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers by Genius Recipes

How to Roast a Pork Loin

How to Roast a Pork Loin by Cara Nicoletti

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Crisp Pork Cutlets with Citrus Salsa Verde

Crisp Pork Cutlets with Citrus Salsa Verde by gingerroot

Moist fish.

Whole Roasted Fish with Rosemary Potatoes

Whole Roasted Fish with Rosemary Potatoes by DueSpaghetti

Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos

Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos by Amanda Hesser

Paccheri with Swordfish Ragu

Paccheri with Swordfish Ragu by Josh Cohen

Two Ways to Perfect A Fish Glaze

Two Ways to Perfect A Fish Glaze by cheese1227

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Moist eggs.

Bacon and Eggs like Never Before (Just Add Lardo)

Bacon and Eggs like Never Before (Just Add Lardo) by Emiko

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The Genius Trick for Magically Creamy Scrambled Eggs (in 15 Seconds)

The Genius Trick for Magically Creamy Scrambled Eggs (in ... by Kristen Miglore

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A Vegan Alternative to Scrambled Eggs (+ Tempeh Bacon)

A Vegan Alternative to Scrambled Eggs (+ Tempeh Bacon) by Gena Hamshaw

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How to Make the Best Egg Sandwich Without a Recipe

How to Make the Best Egg Sandwich Without a Recipe by Posie Harwood

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Moist cheese.

5 Unexpected Ways to Use Cream Cheese

5 Unexpected Ways to Use Cream Cheese by Hillary Pollak

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How to Make Ricotta

How to Make Ricotta by Amanda Hesser

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How to Make Feta Cheese

How to Make Feta Cheese by Mary Karlin

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Say Cheese: Make Fondue Without a Recipe

Say Cheese: Make Fondue Without a Recipe by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

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Moist, hard root vegetables (?)

Dirt Candy

Dirt Candy by Amanda Hesser

The Best Way to Cook Beets

The Best Way to Cook Beets by Amanda Hesser

And moist balls and buns (I'm sorry).

Fudgy Bourbon Balls

Fudgy Bourbon Balls by Amanda Hesser

Honey-Glazed Brioche Hot Cross Buns

Honey-Glazed Brioche Hot Cross Buns by Betty Hung

Meatballs Go Greek

Meatballs Go Greek by Leslie Stephens

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How to Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) Any Which Way

How to Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) Any Which Way by Sarah Jampel

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