Some people hate this word. Recently, JEFritz listed it as a Word That Needs to Go Away. Now, I agree about the invented and redundant word "ginormous," and I agree that "special" has lost all meaning due to over-use.
But MOIST? I must disagree.
Apparently people get a creepy feeling from this word because of its application to dank, dark, musty, mold-encrusted spaces. Hidden grottoes, perhaps, where the smell of algae and moss hangs thick in the air. Let me throw some more description on that -- humid, stale air pressing on your sweat-pricked skin, suffocating as a moist wool blanket.
OK, that's just "summertime" where I live, but... we're way beyond the implications of one little word like MOIST. So you want to get rid of MOIST? Okay.
But consider the loss:
This chocolate cake is moist and delicious.
will become... what?
|Sad cake is sad.|
This chocolate cake is damp and delicious.
This chocolate cake is humid and delicious.
This chocolate cake is wet. Poor thing. It could have been moist.
I threw the dank, musty chocolate cake in the trash and mourned the loss.
English is a wonderful language. Few of our words have only one use, and we're inventing more all the time. And if you don't like a word, you can just avoid it. Or can you?