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17th Sep '17 12:06:26 AM Azaram
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** Happens in Tech Support as well. It's the Unmentionable Law; if you talk about it, if it's good it goes away, if it's bad, it happens. There's also a dash of He Who Shall Not Be Named; there's usually one or more Known Problems that will appear if you speak the name.
11th Sep '17 12:57:18 AM PaulA
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* Robert W. Chambers' ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'', a major inspiration for Creator/HPLovecraft that was eventually absorbed into his mythos, was all about this. There's a reason the King's name, which is probably [[spoiler:Hastur]], is rarely used, and [[BrownNote a reason]] that the play about him has never been produced. The word "Hastur" is used freely in Chambers' short stories -- in one it's the name of a quite human servant! The idea that it shouldn't be spoken out loud is later MemeticMutation caused by August Derleth's creative interpretations. Even the protagonist of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft's]] ''Whisper in Darkness'' didn't see a need to avoid mentioning the word. Incidentally, the word's exact meaning is left deliberately unclear in most contexts, and may just as well refer to a place as to an entity.
** Speaking of H.P. Lovecraft, there's one deity that is so hated and horrible, that even [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos C'Thulhu]] and his followers fear even the writing of his name! Mentioning his name, or even thinking of it correctly, is enough to summon this freak who will fulfill your {{squick}}iest desires in exchange for complete servitude. His name is [[spoiler:Y'golonac]].

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* Creator/HPLovecraft's Franchise/CthulhuMythos:
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Robert W. Chambers' ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'', a major inspiration for Creator/HPLovecraft that was eventually absorbed into his mythos, was all about this. There's a reason the King's name, which is probably [[spoiler:Hastur]], is rarely used, and [[BrownNote a reason]] that the play about him has never been produced. The produced.
** In Mythos works by Creator/AugustDerleth, the King in Yellow's name is said to be [[spoiler:Hastur]], and speaking it out loud risks summoning an EldritchAbomination. However, the
word "Hastur" is used freely in Chambers' short stories -- in one it's the name of a quite human servant! The idea that it shouldn't be spoken out loud is later MemeticMutation caused by August Derleth's creative interpretations. Even the protagonist of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft's]] ''Whisper in Darkness'' Lovecraft's "Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness" didn't see a need to avoid mentioning the word. Incidentally, the word's exact meaning is left deliberately unclear in most contexts, and may just as well refer to a place as to an entity.
** Speaking of H.P. Lovecraft, According to Ramsey Campbell's Mythos story "Cold Print", there's one deity that is so hated and horrible, that even [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos C'Thulhu]] C'Thulhu and his followers fear even the writing of his name! Mentioning his name, or even thinking of it correctly, is enough to summon this freak who will fulfill your {{squick}}iest desires in exchange for complete servitude. His name is [[spoiler:Y'golonac]].
10th Sep '17 4:07:03 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheDresser'': When an addled Sir quotes from ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' Norman freaks out, yelping "You've quoted from the Scottish tragedy!" He makes Sir do some dumb ritual where Sir has to leave the dressing room, turn around three times, and knock to gain re-entry.
8th Sep '17 6:16:13 PM PaulA
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* The writer of ''Theatre/ShoggothOnTheRoof'' is referred to as "He Who [For Legal Reasons] Must Not Be Named". This is partly because the play borrows the music (if not the words) for its songs from ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' and thus can't be performed, at least in the United States. Mostly, though, it's because he was [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos driven insane by perverse dreams of non-euclidean geometry and whispers of names the human tongue could not bear]], and now resides in an asylum, which also [For Legal Reasons] must not be named. Similarly, nonprofit performances are technically legal (or, at least in a slightly more legally grey area), yet tend to meet with mysterious accidents. Unfortunately, we can't be sure if that's due to sabotage, or more likely simply by the natural BrownNote effects of the play.

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* The writer of ''Theatre/ShoggothOnTheRoof'' ''Theatre/AShoggothOnTheRoof'' is referred to as "He Who [For Legal Reasons] Must Not Be Named". This is partly because the play borrows the music (if not the words) for its songs from ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' and thus can't be performed, at least in the United States. Mostly, though, it's because he was [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos driven insane by perverse dreams of non-euclidean geometry and whispers of names the human tongue could not bear]], and now resides in an asylum, which also [For Legal Reasons] must not be named. Similarly, nonprofit performances are technically legal (or, at least in a slightly more legally grey area), yet tend to meet with mysterious accidents. Unfortunately, we can't be sure if that's due to sabotage, or more likely simply by the natural BrownNote effects of the play.
13th Aug '17 2:25:07 PM ferrethugger98
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* [[CunningLikeAFox Foxes]] as well. In Sweden, foxes used to be called by the name Michael or its variations (Mickel being the most common) since speaking the real name, ''räv'', was similarily believed to attract foxes looking for hens to eat.
28th Jul '17 8:42:59 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''VisualNovel/{{SOON}}'': People in the future are very afraid to say the name of the organization that created the evil robots.
-->'''Atlas:''' ''[narrating]'' The name of this place stills the heart of all who have encountered the brutal regime that had it's genesis here. The research and development arm of... [[spoiler:SANDY'S TOYS]]. Brr. Just the thought of the name sends a chill down your spine.
15th Jul '17 6:58:46 AM WaterBlap
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* Website/BashOrg: [[http://www.bash.org/?13213 "Somebody says "fuck" and he drops?"]] [[note]]That looks like a buggy censorship filter on his IRC client.[[/note]]
8th Jul '17 11:36:15 AM Chiropteru
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'''Blackadder:''' Good lord, you mean you have to do ''that'' every time I say "Macbeth"?\\

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'''Blackadder:''' Good lord, Oh, you mean you have to do ''that'' every time I say "Macbeth"?\\
26th Jun '17 9:48:37 PM TheGrimPeddler
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**Though the origin of the term "break a leg" actually comes from wishing the actor performs so well, the audience will rush the stage in admiration and in the ruckus the actor's leg would get broken. It apparently made sense when they came up with the idea.
4th Jun '17 9:49:59 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The way some Germans dance around words connected to the 1933-1945 era of their history . Helmut Schmidt (a former chancellor) once spoke of "Adolf Nazi", many times allusions are made in the vein of "Das hatten wir schon mal" (we've had that before), though this may also be attempts to invoke GodwinsLaw without invoking GodwinsLaw. Just ask any German how many synonyms for various Nazi terms they can come up with... There's 1933-45, the NS-time, the darkest era of German history, the third Reich, the thousand year Reich, the dozen year Reich and many other terms of various euphemistic or even humorous sound. Even seemingly innocuous words like "Volk" (people, cognate of "folk") were suspect during a time and oft-replaced by "Bevölkerung" (population).

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* The way some Germans dance around words connected to the 1933-1945 era of their history . UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. Helmut Schmidt (a former chancellor) once spoke of "Adolf Nazi", many Nazi." Many times allusions are made in the vein of "Das hatten wir schon mal" (we've had that before), though this may also be attempts to invoke GodwinsLaw without invoking GodwinsLaw. Just ask any German how many synonyms for various Nazi terms they can come up with... with. There's 1933-45, the NS-time, the darkest era of German history, the third Third Reich, the thousand year thousand-year Reich, the dozen year dozen-year Reich and many other terms of various euphemistic or even humorous sound. Even seemingly innocuous words like "Volk" (people, cognate of "folk") were suspect during a time and oft-replaced by "Bevölkerung" (population).
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