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Mark Roffe Folklore: Forbidden or unlucky words? (46) RE: Forbidden or unlucky words? (Mostly BS) 25 May 99


For me and Ginny, the word for many years was "dishes."

It made no difference what the context; if one of us said "dishes," we ended up in a tiff. (The bad feelings came out of each of our guilt for letting the dishes pile up before we'd wash 'em.)

It got to the point where if I said something like "I saw some nice dishes in this pottery book," Ginny might react with "I'm sorry I didn't get the dishes washed, but I had to grade papers and take the boys for haircuts...while you had a nice day at work, going out to eat in restaurants.....OK??" It became a sure cause-and-effect reaction: say the word "dishes" and end up upset and sorry.

But we worked it out! We decided to call them "elephants." This actually worked. We could now freely say things to each other like "look at how many elephants are piled up on the kitchen counter!" and neither of us would get plugged in.

Love can even conquer a forbidden word.

Mark


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