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taboo (tuh-BOO, TAB-oo) noun
noun: Prohibition of a behavior, thing, person, etc. based on cultural or social norms.
adjective: Forbidden or banned.
verb tr.: To avoid or prohibit something as taboo.
[From Tongan tapu or tabu (forbidden). This word is found in several Polynesian languages but it was brought to English from Tongan by Captain Cook who first encountered it in 1777 and wrote about it in his journal... that would be a Cookbook?]
"It's one of the great mysteries of anthropology. Why does every society --
and they all do -- have a list of taboo foods?"
"This is, after all, the age of air bags, bicycle helmets, and
drunk-driving taboos, of warning labels, coroner inquiries and consumer
This week's theme: Words borrowed from other languages
A good heart is better than all the heads in the world. -Edward Bulwer-Lytton, writer (1803-1873)