Unfortunate Words: Residue

The word “residue” is a delight to say. The easy, exultant R, the excitement of the Z, and of course doo—what “oo” sound is not fun to say for a kid? I remember seeing commercials on TV when I was a child, whose closing statement wanted to remind you, in a perky voice, that the product in question “leaves no sticky residue!” I asked my mom what it meant and when it became apparent that residues in general are bad things people don’t want, I was kind of let down. How could a word so awesome reference something no one wanted?

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