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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TABOO

Yet as Ahmed Antoun in his green turban, he was "taboo" at our little party.

These topics were taboo and Captain Obed soon ceased to mention them.

Now those names were taboo; or, at any rate, they might as well be.

There seemed to be no taboo on discussion of the Ids with him.

The savage was afraid to utter the real name of his god, it was taboo.

The cow is taboo to the Hindus, the pig is taboo to the Mohammedans and to the Jews.

The word “dance” is taboo among these Calvinists of the hills.

The elevator has now so accustomed us to the conveniences that stairs are taboo.

It is the method of the taboo, as naïve as barbarism, as ancient as human failure.

He will fail because human nature abhors the vacuum created by the taboo.

WORD ORIGIN

1777 (in Cook's "A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean"), "consecrated, inviolable, forbidden, unclean or cursed," explained in some English sources as being from Tongan (Polynesian language of the island of Tonga) ta-bu "sacred," from ta "mark" + bu "especially." But this may be folk etymology, as linguists in the Pacific have reconstructed an irreducable Proto-Polynesian *tapu, from Proto-Oceanic *tabu "sacred, forbidden" (cf. Hawaiian kapu "taboo, prohibition, sacred, holy, consecrated;" Tahitian tapu "restriction, sacred;" Maori tapu "be under ritual restriction, prohibited"). The noun and verb are English innovations first recorded in Cook's book.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TABOO

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adjectiveoutlawed
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