Ernest Hemingway (or Mark Twain - I forget which) once suggested that editors should replace every word "very" they come across in works they are editing with the word "Goddamn" instead to show just how useless and extraneous the word "very" is to good writing.
I had no idea there was such aversion to the word "moist" but given these facts maybe editors should use that word instead of "Goddamn". Or maybe even more fun - editors should attach the word "moist" to every seventh or random nouns (just to get a reaction from the readers).
New England moist Patriots, moist NASA lunar probes, remote moist island communities, venture capital moist investments, etc. This is kinda fun.