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dirty word

A word, phrase, or concept considered taboo or that is no longer approved of; something that has the potential to cause the same offense that an obscenity would. Ever since Jason won the lottery, he considers "work" to be a dirty word. When it comes to politics, "tax increases" might as well be a dirty word.
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dirty word

 
1. a swearword; an obscene or blasphemous word; a four-letter word. You are not allowed to use dirty words in your school essays. My aunt is offended by the use of dirty words.
2. something that is disliked or disapproved of. Since Tom broke off his engagement, his name is a dirty word in the village. Socialism is a dirty word in that house.
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a dirty word

COMMON If something is a dirty word to someone, they disapprove of it and reject it. At the root of the company's problems was the misplaced belief that good products sell themselves. Marketing was a dirty word with them. Wolfe asks why `feminism' has become a dirty word, even among women.
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a dirty ˈword

a thing or an idea that somebody finds unpleasant or offensive: Work is a dirty word to these lazy kids.
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dirty word

n. a curse word; an informal word concerned with sex or excrement. Some kid got the microphone and yelled a dirty word into it.
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Ayan concludes with a chapter designed to help marketers avoid spam filters: The seven dirty words you can't say in subject lines; plus 100 others you shouldn't use either.
Google, whose mantra is "don't be evil," essentially filters out search when it involves dirty word or violence.
The individual frames within "The Dirty Words Pictures" tend to be incommunicative, their formal and social cont ent indeterminate.
The 1978 Supreme Court decision allowing censorship of dirty words on radio threatens free speech in cyberspace.
FCC, destined to be known as "the seven dirty words case," applied only to broadcast media.
True" today means "actually happened," and invention and imagination are dirty words, viewed as suspiciously as communism in the 1950s.
So maybe that's the hip Big Apple show that'll win, but again, it's on cable and has those dirty words and naked people that many voters may still be loathe to honor.
After that, the floodgates opened: Bruce was arrested in San Francisco five days after humiliating that elected official and spent the rest of his days getting busted for drugs or dirty words.
The justices have upheld, for example, laws that criminalize the distribution of obscene materials to children, and federal rules that barred dirty words from being broadcast during hours when children would be most likely to be exposed to them.
Bottom Line: Those are dirty words in Pittsburgh, where salaries are still the lowest in the NL Central despite doubling in the past two years.
Chances are your employer is already scanning your e-mail - either by random monitoring or through one of the popular new corporate e-mail sniffers, which seek out dirty words and whatever else might offend the boss.
The pay channel has long had its admirers, but through much of its early history it was known primarily for showing recycled theatrical movies, boxing matches and stand-up comedy with the dirty words included.
Low-income housing and homeless are dirty words in this town.