The YouGov poll of 2,054 British adults, carried out Oct. 6-7 on behalf of Computeractive magazine, found respondents were most perturbed by the word "sexting," awarding it the first annual "Unspeakable Award" for annoying tech words.
The poll also found respondents were not fond of the words "intexticated," "defriend" and "Twittersphere."
"There's no arguing that 'intexticated', 'defriend' and 'Twittersphere' are all unspeakable words" said Computeractive editor Paul Allen. "But 'sexting' is a worthy winner -- truly a word to make you want to bang your head on the keyboard … or vice-versa. When you first hear it, you don't know whether to wince, howl or just weep for the English language. Besides, any word voted more horrible than 'intexticated' deserves an award."