A blogger I really like writes:
I grew up in a home where “heck” was a bad word. And “dang.” And “gee.” And “gosh.” Heck, after all, was just code for “hell,” and dang was code for “damn,” and gee was code for “Jesus,” and gosh was code for “God.” And thus they were all off limits. Shoot was about the only word that was okay, which is weird because I’m pretty sure that if the other words are really code, that one’s code for “shit.”
As a philologist, I always find it very curious how people invest clusters of sounds with a lot of power over their own psyche. Words scare them, make them cringe, traumatize them to the point where they don’t allow themselves to pronounce them even when they are at home alone.
Which words were considered “bad” in your home when you were growing up? Do you have any forbidden words in your home now?