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Word taboo is the restricted use of words due to social constraints. The taboo against naming the dead in parts of the world is an example. Taboo words are commonly avoided with euphemisms, such as the English euphemism pass away, meaning "die". It is a common source of neologisms and lexical replacement.

Taboo-Motivated Lexical Replacement

Taboo-Motivated Lexical Replacement is a cross-linguistic phenomenon that occurs in certain languages due to social constraints applied on the speakers. It occurs when the tabooing of lexical items forces individuals to replace those lexical items.

The following languages exhibit examples of taboo-motivated lexical replacement:

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