I never really had a problem with the word “moist.” It immediately brings to mind cake, because who wants a dry, crumbly dessert? Moist towelettes served at Japanese restaurants or BBQ joints don’t skeeve me out. But I know a lot of people hate the word “moist,” conjuring up swampy, sweaty conditions, ripe for bacterial growth. To me, there is a word far more disturbing, though. In my humble opinion, the word “nursing” is categorically worse than "moist."Absolutely, no question.
"Nursing," to me, is loaded with dread, like a job you hate. And the fact that it’s a term used for all mammals — cows and people alike — doesn’t make me feel great as a human mom.
It’s a term my parents use, my grandparents use… basically anyone born a generation or more ahead of me has that word lodged in their vocabulary. My peers don’t use it, and I certainly try not to use it. It makes me squeamish. And that is not how I feel about breastfeeding. I breastfed for a total of over four years between my two kids and was not too shy about it. But something about the word “nursing” to describe it is just… ew.
Here are some reasons I think the word “nursing” is worse than the word “moist:”