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boo-word

/ˈbuːˌwɜːd/
noun
1.
any word that seems to cause irrational fear: "communism" became a boo-word in the McCarthy era
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boo-word

noun phrase

A word or phrase that frightens: his scholarly interests—traditional, historical, and, to use a radical boo-word, Eurocentric (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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