boo-word

boo-word

(ˈbuːˌwɜːd)
n
any word that seems to cause irrational fear: "communism" became a boo-word in the McCarthy era.
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You will see the audience scratching and raging and panting like flea-ridden gibbons because Thatcher is a boo-word in British politics" - Boris Johnson (pictured), Mayor of London.
You will see the audience scratching and raging and panting like flea-ridden gibbons, because Thatcher is a boo-word in British politics" Boris Johnson, Mayor of London "MPs have become millionaires on the quiet.
Even so, both `economic rationalism' and `political correctness' are now probably a lost cause, no more than boo-words for the intellectually lazy.