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Dummy is dumb. Look at Dumb and Dumber. A book titled "...for Dummies" is offensive and I find other books to read. I know what they meant but I cannot get beyond the title. There are many other great books that have less degrading titles. synonyms: stupid, unintelligent, ignorant, dense, brainless, mindless, foolish, slow, dull, simple, empty-headed, ...
You could call them private matters, since they're usually discussed only with those concerned instead of just anyone.
This may be a little too specific, but my favourite phrase for the subject that everyone is aware of but no-one dares talk about, is "elephant in the room."
You don't want to make a "faux pas". Which according to Wikipedia: ... is a socially awkward or tactless act, especially one that violates accepted social norms, standard customs, or the rules of etiquette.
This could also be referred to, variously, as examples of a social indiscretion, impropriety, or gaffe indiscretion noun: 1: lack of discretion: imprudence 2 a: something (as an act or remark) marked by lack of discretion b: an act at variance with the accepted morality of a society see, Merriam-Webster indiscretion impropriety ...
If we confine the question to the topics you use as examples, then polite or taboo may be suitable labels. However, if you extend the range of conversation to topics such as corporate profit margins, The President's home phone number, how much money you made last year, or the combination to your home safe, you probably would classify these as private, ...
Yes, it's called a taboo subject/topic. What other things might be considered taboo depends on the social situation. It's not always that the subjects themselves are taboo/unmentionable, but their tendency to foment heated, divisive, or even disruptive discussions (or awkward, embarrassing moments), so they are avoided in certain circles. For example, a ...
You've already had unmentionable in the comments. Consider also unspoken. If something is in the background of a conversation but not directly mentioned because it's a too sensitive topic then you might even call it the elephant in the room. Some topics are considered unsuitable for conversation - traditional dinner party etiquette says to avoid religion ...
I think that you are referring to behaviours that are considered normal or usual within a community. Taboo probably has a too strong connotation. I think custom or consuetude may fit the context: a usual or habitual practice; typical mode of behaviour (Sociology) the long-established habits or traditions of a society collectively; ...
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