Why is it that people tend to not like slime? Anything slimy just sounds bad. Slimy people are bad. A slimy piece of food doesn’t sound very appetizing. I wouldn’t want to drink slimy coffee. If I carpet was slimy, I’d think it was practically an emergency to get it cleaned. If I had to guess, I’d say this is because when organic things rot, they tend to become slimy. This slime is (I think) the result of bacteria breaking down the organic compounds. Similar to how people don’t like the smell of certain things, they don’t like the textures of certain things either. This is to protect us from the bacteria. The really interesting thing about it to me is that it goes much further than the simple anxiety based reaction when people start using the word slime to describe certain unattractive qualities in some other people.
– Written by Mister T on July 18. 2011