One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A word or expression denoting something that is regarded with disapproval or dislike.‘positivism has become something of a boo word among many social scientists’
- ‘Why, I wonder… because it's a sort of code word or a boo word or laziness or what?’
- ‘Ideology is a boo word, a pejorative word, but everyone has ideologies, you just have to proceed from that point of view.’
- ‘Mention has been made here before of an old university tutor of mine who used to divide the language into hooray words and boo words.’
- ‘It's obviously what Ian Kershaw (historian) called a fashionable boo word.’
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