Taboo words

“Many languages have words which are considered dangerous, holy, magic or shocking, and which are only used in certain situations, or by certain people. For instance, in some African tribes the names of dead chiefs must not be said; in many cultures, words associated with religious beliefs are used only on religious occasions, or by priests. Words of this kind can be called ‘taboo words’. (Practical English Usage - Michael Swan - Oxford)

That subject reminds my brother-in-law, he has changed his religion and when someone says, for example, "I adore chocolate cake", he says, "You can't adore a stupid cake, you can adore only God; a chocolate cake you can just like a lot." Them "adore" in his religion is a taboo word.

I've no problem with thoses kind of words, by the way I adore chocolate/straberry cake.

How about you? Do you know any taboo words? Are there taboo words in your religion or in your country/city?
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MatressTaboo words

“Many languages have words which are considered dangerous, holy, magic or shocking, and which are only used in certain situations, or by certain people. For instance, in some African tribes the names of dead chiefs must not be said; in many cultures, words associated with religious beliefs are used only on religious occasions, or by priests. Words of this kind can be called ‘taboo words’. (Practical English Usage - Michael Swan - Oxford)

That subject reminds my brother-in-law, he has changed his religion and when someone says, for example, "I adore chocolate cake", he says, "You can't adore a stupid cake, you can adore only God; a chocolate cake you can just like a lot." Them "adore" in his religion is a taboo word.

I've no problem with thoses kind of words, by the way I adore chocolate/straberry cake.

How about you? Do you know any taboo words? Are there taboo words in your religion or in your country/city?

Mattress,

Interesting topic:taboo words. Yes, my country has a lot of taboo words related to sex,culture, and region.
The problem with discussing taboo words Matress, is that they are taboo. Therefore I would not want to type them here.
We have words here that are offensive or culturally unacceptable. Some swear words are more offensive than others of course, and some people are more offended by them than other oeople. An example of culturally unacceptable words would be derogatory words used to refer to people groups etc.
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Robyn TerriThe problem with discussing taboo words Matress, is that they are taboo. Therefore I would not want to type them here.
We have words here that are offensive or culturally unacceptable. Some swear words are more offensive than others of course, and some people are more offended by them than other oeople. An example of culturally unacceptable words would be derogatory words used to refer to people groups etc.


Quite thoughtful response, Robyn.So did I refrain from referring any "taboo" words.Emotion: smile
Hey I'm really hard put to recall any words that are believed taboo here. However, I can tell you sth. pretty curious. I've heard that in a small town in northern England, people consider mentioning the word "rabbit" a bad omen. Hence they've conceived quite a few substitute words which are very funny but I remember them too vaguely to be able to conjure them up.
Robyn TerriThe problem with discussing taboo words Matress, is that they are taboo. Therefore I would not want to type them here.
We have words here that are offensive or culturally unacceptable. Some swear words are more offensive than others of course, and some people are more offended by them than other oeople. An example of culturally unacceptable words would be derogatory words used to refer to people groups etc.


Yes, I know. In fact this is the second time I've posted this subject, in the first there were some dangerous words, then they deleted it. I've found about it in a respcteful book

Practical English Usage - Michael Swan - Oxford

I've mentioned a good example about the word "adore", but I can't mention other that are in the book.

I don't give a damn. = ( I don't care) That is an expression of unconcern used in swearing.
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sex is still a taboo in turkey (in some cities)
Emotion: surprise
Ville_maddengurlsex is still a taboo in turkey (in some cities)
Quite true, Ville. I am sure the word "sex" is viewed in a negative way.
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