Taboo
(1,617 words)

“Taboo” refers to a prohibition of human activity or behavior based on the belief that such behavior goes against existing cultural or social conventions, ethical standards or religious beliefs. The word was borrowed from a Polynesian language, and its first recorded use in English was by Captain James Cook in his description of his third voyage round the world in 17…

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Guisen TIAN, “Taboo”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 17 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000409>
First published online: 2015



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