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Horrible Noises

What makes you cringe

     
11:09 pm on Jan 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You just have to love the internet. Without it, we might never know that this fellow did a study (online, no less) about what sounds we find most repulsive. So, in the spirit of Foo fun, before you read the article, tell us what one sound is the most offensive to your ears.

I've read the article and I totally agree with number one on the list, the sound of someone puking. Makes me want to, well, puke.

The other sound that I really dislike is the sound of my own voice, over the phone or recorded. I hear that's common, though.

Here's the research [acoustics.salford.ac.uk]

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Nails on chalkboard. Metal to teeth (like a fork scraping).

Those two sounds cause the hair on my neck to raise and the muscles to clench.

11:23 pm on Jan 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Polystyrene squeek thing.
Hence opening new gadgets is no fun.
12:00 am on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am an RC hobbyist. The #1 most annoying sound is when someone is operating a remote control for ground vehicles - the type with the steering wheel on it - and turns it a little, then releases. It makes this bouncy-clickety click noise that makes me want to scream, especially since their transmitters are worth ten times mine and this will ruin both the expensive transmitter and the servos receiving signals from this action. :-)

#2 is the sound of whining. Which I'm doing now in text.

#3 is the scream of a loose engine pulley in a car, I know with five minutes of wrenching it will save someone the cost of an alternator, power steering pump, or an air conditioner compressor in three months (because I know they won't take the five minutes to fix it now.)

In certain environments country and western music will cause convulsions and loss of consciousness, but I believe this is related to #2 above.

As far as sound aversions I have none, but my favorite is my step-daughter's list. When she gets on my nerves (see whining above) all I need to do is find a piece of styrofoam and begin twisting it up, it drives her insane. She also has tactile aversions - the feel of velvet or terry cloth gives her the heebie-jeebies!

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Involuntary grinding of teeth during sleep.
1:13 am on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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hmm...
what is an awful sound, i got to admit the sound of

1) a motorcycle impacting the side of a car ranks high on my list

2) a grinding noise from my hard drive ( that might be a tad of worry )

3) the sound of metal giving way ( that might be worry also )

4) the sound of those high pitch mufflers, give me a 67 gto roar.

mojo

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my bones breaking ..
2:09 am on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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In the old days when we did credit cards via a physical terminal, the annoying high pitch "double beep" of a declined credit card sale, drove me crazy.
5:49 am on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The scraping of ice makes me cringe.
I have trouble pulling things out of the freezer.
6:11 am on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Teeth hitting metal (slurping of food). Ugh...
7:25 am on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Some kind of blasted insect which lives in the trees outside my house and makes a high-pitched noise whenever it's dark.
8:53 am on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Eminem
9:24 am on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Whining by black-hats just hit by an SE SERPs change (or AW LPQ change).
1:31 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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That "frog" doing Axle F
1:33 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Someone making a "grogger"... haha Its disgusting!
1:38 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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"grogger" is a jewish wooden musical intrument similar to an old fashioned fotball rattle ..used at purim ..

is that what you mean?

2:59 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I couldn't find any text on this, Im sure thats the way you spell it anyway.

Its the noise you make when you breathe in hard through your nose and get the mucus / stuff. A lot of kids / shameless adults do it.

Maybe thats a Glasgow term? I don't know exactly. Someone else be able to confirm?

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Raymond ... pleeease ... you're makin' me boak!

Grogger is an example of onomatopoeia. If you don't know what onomatopoeia is Google it.

(Boak is a Scottish word for retch.)

4:11 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Boak, haggis, whiskey - I sense a puke theme in Scotland.
4:19 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Its the noise you make when you breathe in hard through your nose and get the mucus / stuff.

Oh, you mean conjuring up a loogey or throat rocket? Usually available in assorted flavors and colors. ;)

4:37 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Exactly - That noise makes you cringe!
9:45 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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>>>>Polystyrene squeek thing.

That will make me run from the room if it goes on for more than a second.

11:13 pm on Jan 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The sound of senior members who insist on engaging in dust-ups with other senior members. Sigh. :(
8:04 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Slurping, smacking, talking with food in mouth. Loud chewing, involuntary sighs. Pretty much eating sounds in general.
8:39 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Modems connecting. AHHHHHHHH!

(I Like Eminem)

8:59 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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(I Like Eminem)

As is your right ... it takes all types :)

I used to work with a guy who went off his head when anyone pulled pieces of cotton wool apart. I don't mean that he just did not like it. He used to run out of the room when anyone did it, he said it was the noise it made. What noise?

It wasn't just cotton wool. It also worked with anything like it such as dibre galss insulation and candy floss (Cotton candy to you Americans). We learned them all ... he he he!

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A V8 with bad timing.
Fat pipes on anything but a V8.
10:04 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Eminem eating M&M's ...horrible combination of senseless noise
10:50 pm on Jan 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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A hard drive/fan making a loud racket when cold booting. Ya gotta either clean the inside of the box real quick or back everything up real quick, hoping you can beat out the forthcoming death rattle and rigor mortis.
8:45 pm on Jan 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Finally heard the worst sound ever:

My baby crying.

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