a dirty word

a dirty word

if something is a dirty word, people do not generally approve of it For the environmentally conscious, 'disposable' has become a dirty word.
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More than a decade after the Minimalists made "composition" into something of a dirty word in the realms of painting and sculpture, it shows its worth here.
Mama say you ain't supposed to say fornicate 'cause it's a dirty word.
publisher of the leading Internet content filtering program, CYBERsitter(tm), announced the release of a dirty word filter plug-in for America Online's ICQ chat.
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