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  • I don't think 'denigrate' is currently realized as possibly taboo because of the etymology or the sound.

  • pointing out that connection, I'm almost inclined now to not use the word 'denigrate', but a close phonology is more likely to trigger taboo avoidance.

  • I don't know about whole -families- of words, but certainly a single morpheme might be recognizable and so any word with it might share the taboo properties.

  • How do you pronounce the seventh planet from the sun? It's at least humorous to every 10 year-old. People are changing the pronunciation because of it.

  • There's a country in Africa whose pronunciation hasn't changed even though it is spelled very closely to the n-word.

  • Associations are whatever people make and you can't control how other people make their associations. Whether there is a logical association that is hard to hear but intellectually discussed, or an unexpected phonetic change that makes a word sound like a taboo word, it doesn't matter. If some people don't like it then, well, they don't like it. Sometimes it is because of semi-literacy or lack of common culture, but it can also be pretty legitimate. Some things aren't taboo (or otherwise special) until it's about you.

  • I don't think 'denigrate' is currently realized as possibly taboo because of the etymology or the sound.

  • pointing out that connection, I'm almost inclined now to not use the word 'denigrate'.

  • I don't know about whole -families- of words, but certainly a single morpheme might be recognizable and so any word with it might share the taboo properties.

  • How do you pronounce the seventh planet from the sun? It's at least humorous to every 10 year-old. People are changing the pronunciation because of it.

  • Associations are whatever people make and you can't control how other people make their associations. Whether there is a logical association that is hard to hear but intellectually discussed, or an unexpected phonetic change that makes a word sound like a taboo word, it doesn't matter. If some people don't like it then, well, they don't like it. Sometimes it is because of semi-literacy or lack of common culture, but it can also be pretty legitimate. Some things aren't taboo (or otherwise special) until it's about you.

  • I don't think 'denigrate' is currently realized as possibly taboo because of the etymology or the sound.

  • pointing out that connection, I'm almost inclined now to not use the word 'denigrate', but a close phonology is more likely to trigger taboo avoidance.

  • I don't know about whole -families- of words, but certainly a single morpheme might be recognizable and so any word with it might share the taboo properties.

  • How do you pronounce the seventh planet from the sun? It's at least humorous to every 10 year-old. People are changing the pronunciation because of it.

  • There's a country in Africa whose pronunciation hasn't changed even though it is spelled very closely to the n-word.

  • Associations are whatever people make and you can't control how other people make their associations. Whether there is a logical association that is hard to hear but intellectually discussed, or an unexpected phonetic change that makes a word sound like a taboo word, it doesn't matter. If some people don't like it then, well, they don't like it. Sometimes it is because of semi-literacy or lack of common culture, but it can also be pretty legitimate. Some things aren't taboo (or otherwise special) until it's about you.

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  • I don't think 'denigrate' is currently realized as possibly taboo because of the etymology or the sound.

  • pointing out that connection, I'm almost inclined now to not use the word 'denigrate'.

  • I don't know about whole -families- of words, but certainly a single morpheme might be recognizable and so any word with it might share the taboo properties.

  • How do you pronounce the seventh planet from the sun? It's at least humorous to every 10 year-old. People are changing the pronunciation because of it.

  • Associations are whatever people make and you can't control how other people make their associations. Whether there is a logical association that is hard to hear but intellectually discussed, or an unexpected phonetic change that makes a word sound like a taboo word, it doesn't matter. If some people don't like it then, well, they don't like it. Sometimes it is because of semi-literacy or lack of common culture, but it can also be pretty legitimate. Some things aren't taboo (or otherwise special) until it's about you.