One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he grew up among the filth of the coal mines and steel mills’
dirt, muck, grime, mud, mire, sludge, slime, ooze, foul matter
excrement, excreta, dung, manure, ordure, sewage
rubbish, refuse, garbage, trash, dross, scum
pollution, contamination, defilement, decay, putrefaction, putrescence
squalor, squalidness, sordidness, shabbiness, sleaziness, filthiness, uncleanness, foulness, nastiness
informal crud, grot, gunge, grunge, yuck
2‘I felt sick to my stomach after reading that filth’
pornography, pornographic films, pornographic literature, pornographic videos, dirty books, smut, vice
obscenity, indecency, corruption, lewdness, rudeness, vulgarity, coarseness, crudeness, grossness, vileness, nastiness, immorality
informal porn, hard porn, soft porn, porno, raunchiness
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