I've been writing about horrible words for over two years, now, but I didn't know that the word moist attracts such opprobrium
Personally, I think that moist is a rather splendid word. It is perhaps rather hippo-like in the way it occupies its space on the page, but I'm surprised to find that 7,903 people have registered hating the word moist as an interest on Facebook.
I found that out here, in an article by Matthew J. X. Malady (who isn't, I would have said, in a position to throw stones about slightly unfortunate words, but, hey...) which I found via the Slate website.
Just reminds me of good soil and chocolate cake.
Word Not To Use Today If It Upsets You: moist. This word is related to the Latin mūcidus, which means musty, and mūcus, which, I'm afraid, means mucus.
But then you can't blame a word for its great aunts, can you.