Used in real or mock euphemisms to avoid saying a taboo or repulsive word: C-word, ''cancer''/ F-word, ''fuck''/ L-word, ''liberal''/ T-word, ''taxes'' (1980s+)
I looked at old Bloody Politeful, who thereupon took the word up.
They had word up at the McAleenans the other night that you got two thousand for it.
Follow yonder fellow, and see where he takes earth, and bring me word up to the mansion-house here.
Her clan took the word up, and for a time the sibilance of it was like a hiss in the room.
"No; I made that word up," returned Millicent, with complacency.
Why didn't you get word up the river as soon as you saw him?
In any event, the Tsar remained true to his word up to the day of his death.
I sent a message to pass the word up to the leading squads for Hawk.
His list of equivalents only carries the history of the word up to the beginning of the last stage of its growth.
But she did that every single morning, and no one had said a word up till now.