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What's a word to describe topics that would be impolite to talk about?

What's a word for this? I thought of taboo (or from MW - taboo). But I'm not sure that this is the right word. Examples of this kind of topic include: money sex other people not present Is there a ...
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'To dissect someone's anatomy' in a figurative sense [closed]

Is it acceptable to use the phrase 'to dissect someone's anatomy' in the situation I described below? I made up a story and tried to write it in a colloquial way. Would this phrase sound harmonious to ...
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Looking for a word for something like “blind acceptance”

I am looking for a word for (the act of) someone accepting information as fact without ever checking. For example, I read an article in newspaper and believe it without fact checking. I tell my ...
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“a question impossible to answer” and “a situation possible to arise” Are they grammatical?

To be possible/impossible can be followed by an infinitive verb only when the subject of the finite verb is the introductory "it". With any other subject the infinitive would be wrong, so I've ...
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Is the term, gone from blank to blank, academically acceptable?

Is the term, gone from (blank) to (blank), academically acceptable? If not what alternatives are there to state the same thing in a more precise manner?
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Can 'holidays' take a singular verb form?

In the thread accompanying the question The holidays are a good time to be with family, Colin Fine writes The holidays is a good time..., which I don't think is idiomatic even in the US I'd ...