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20th Mar '17 1:03:12 PM Bissek
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* One of the worst Librarians in the ''[[Literature/AlcatrazSeries Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians]]'' series is known as "She Who Must Not Be Named". Not because her name is cursed or anything, don't be silly -- it's just that nobody can pronounce it.

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* One of the worst Librarians in the ''[[Literature/AlcatrazSeries Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians]]'' series is known as "She Who Must Not Cannot Be Named". Not because her name is cursed or anything, don't be silly -- it's just that nobody can pronounce it.



** It's probably not a good idea for anyone to say the names of the chaos gods, but for the Eldar in particular, whose souls are said to be as bright as those of a thousand humans and who have a strong divine link to Slaanesh. Saying his/her name will at the least reveal their exact location to their ancient enemy, and will probably have results more along the line of Slaanesh itself tearing loose their souls and drinking them. In consequence, s/he is referred to by the Eldar as "She Who Thirsts" or "The Bright God".

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** It's probably not a good idea for anyone to say the names of the chaos gods, Chaos Gods, but for the Eldar in particular, whose souls are said to be as bright as those of a thousand humans and who have a strong divine link to Slaanesh. Saying Slaanesh, saying his/her name will at the least reveal their exact location to their ancient enemy, and will probably have results more along the line of Slaanesh itself tearing loose their souls and drinking them. In consequence, s/he is referred to by the Eldar as "She Who Thirsts" or "The Bright God".
12th Mar '17 10:13:56 AM Jhonny
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* During [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar the division of East and West Germany]], the East German government used very specific phrasing whenever speaking of its Western counterpart. The most common was "the government in Bonn", due to a belief that by referring to it as a "German government" of any sort would undermine their position that it was an illegitimate government.

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* During [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar the division of East and West Germany]], the East German government used very specific phrasing whenever speaking of its Western counterpart. The most common was "the government in Bonn", due to a belief that by referring to it as a "German government" of any sort would undermine their position that it was an illegitimate government. The West German government (and many newspapers) also engaged in some word acrobatics, like referring to "Pankow" (an East-Berlin neighborhood that "just so happens" to sound pretty Russian) when talking about the East German government.
12th Mar '17 10:12:17 AM Jhonny
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* Many soccer fans in Germany will not utter the actual name of a team they hate. To fans of Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund the other team is Lüdenscheid-Nord and Herne-West respectively, to fans of Nuremberg rival and neighboring town Fürth is Westvorstadt (Western suburb, a strange name for a city of 100 000.) Also, everybody who dislikes RB Leipzig simply call them "Dosen" (cans) or "Lawnball" (the literal translation of "Rassenball," what the RB technically stands for in its name) due to their sponsorship deal by Red Bull.

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* Many soccer fans in Germany will not utter the actual name of a team they hate. To fans of Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund the other team is Lüdenscheid-Nord and Herne-West respectively, to fans of Nuremberg rival and neighboring town Fürth is Westvorstadt (Western suburb, a strange name for a city of 100 000.) Also, everybody who dislikes RB Leipzig simply call them "Dosen" (cans) or "Lawnball" (the literal translation of "Rassenball," "Rasenball," what the RB technically stands for in its name) due to their sponsorship deal by Red Bull.
12th Mar '17 9:41:41 AM WildKatGirl
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'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends. Ooh.\\

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'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, potato, off with his drawers, Puck will make amends. Ooh.\\



'''Keanrick:''' We're exorcizing evil spirits. Being but a mere butler, you will not know the great theater tradition that one does ''never'' speak the name of the Scottish play.\\

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'''Keanrick:''' We're exorcizing exorcising evil spirits. Being but a mere butler, you will not know the great theater tradition that one does ''never'' speak the name of the Scottish play.\\



'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends. Ohh.\\

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'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, potato, off with his drawers, Puck will make amends. Ohh.\\



'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends. Owwww.\\

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'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, potato, off with his drawers, Puck will make amends. Owwww.\\



'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends. Owwwwww.\\

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'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, potato, off with his drawers, Puck will make amends. Owwwwww.\\



'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends!\\

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'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, potato, off with his drawers, Puck will make amends!\\



'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends!

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'''Mossop & Keanrick:''' Aahhhhh! Hot potatoes, orchestra stalls, potato, off with his drawers, Puck will make amends!
17th Feb '17 6:10:11 PM merotoker
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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Ginkaku and Kinkaku have a ninja tool that causes people's souls to get absorbed if they say the word they said most in life. Unlike the ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' example above, remaining silent for too long also results in one getting absorbed. [[spoiler:Ginkaku ends up having his own tool turned against him]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Ginkaku and Kinkaku have a ninja tool that causes people's souls to get absorbed if they say the word they said most in life. Unlike the ''Yu Yu Hakusho'' example above, remaining silent for too long also results in one getting absorbed. [[spoiler:Ginkaku ends up having his own tool turned against him]].him.]]



* On ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', all the fish swim away whenever Pinocchio mentions Monstro the Whale.

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* On In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', all the fish swim away whenever Pinocchio mentions Monstro the Whale.



* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': ''The Magician's Nephew'', the witch Jadis speaks the Deplorable Word, a magical incantation "which, if spoken with the proper ceremonies, would destroy all living things except the one who spoke it." Unlike conventional examples of this trope, this word actually ''was'' used to kill everyone on her planet. Scholars had been aware of the Deplorable Word for centuries, but Jadis was the only person on her world ever evil enough to actually use it. And that's saying something, considering how ruthlessly ambitious, corrupt, and prone to wholesale slaughter the royal family of Charn was.

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* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': ''The Magician's Nephew'', ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', the witch Jadis speaks the Deplorable Word, a magical incantation "which, if spoken with the proper ceremonies, would destroy all living things except the one who spoke it." Unlike conventional examples of this trope, this word actually ''was'' used to kill everyone on her planet. Scholars had been aware of the Deplorable Word for centuries, but Jadis was the only person on her world ever evil enough to actually use it. And that's saying something, considering how ruthlessly ambitious, corrupt, and prone to wholesale slaughter the royal family of Charn was.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'', one of the original twenty Clans was subject to a Trial of Annihilation ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]) and all mention of it was removed from official records. Bringing up the Clan in any way (even to ask if it ever existed) is a BerserkButton for other Clanners. The most notable example is Clan Wolverine, which the Clans refer to as the Not-named-Clan. The exact reason for their annihilation are scarce(ilKhan Kerensky needed a scapegoat to cement his rule), the Clans removed all traces of their existences from Clan Space. When the invading Clans discovered a man who's DNA matches that to a member of Clan Wolverine, they killed him, and hunted rest of his family to eliminate their trace from existence.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'', one of the original twenty Clans was subject to a Trial of Annihilation ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it sounds like]]) and all mention of it was removed from official records. Bringing up the Clan in any way (even to ask if it ever existed) is a BerserkButton for other Clanners. The most notable example is Clan Wolverine, which the Clans refer to as the Not-named-Clan. The exact reason for their annihilation are scarce(ilKhan scarce (ilKhan Kerensky needed a scapegoat to cement his rule), the Clans removed all traces of their existences from Clan Space. When the invading Clans discovered a man who's DNA matches that to a member of Clan Wolverine, they killed him, and hunted rest of his family to eliminate their trace from existence.



* Alluded to in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. A message written in the blood of a deceased soldier of TheEvilArmy mentions several ways of speaking of or depicting the Watchers that are not to be done.

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* Alluded to in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. A message written in the blood of a deceased soldier of TheEvilArmy [[ArmiesAreEvil the evil army]] mentions several ways of speaking of or depicting the Watchers that are not to be done.



* In both ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' games though most notably in the second game's expansion, there's a reason why the incarnation of evil opposing the Twelve Gods is called "The Nameless One" through all the series, even by [[spoiler: Tharkath, who's at his service.]]

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* In both ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' games though most notably in the second game's expansion, there's a reason why the incarnation of evil opposing the Twelve Gods is called "The Nameless One" through all the series, even by [[spoiler: Tharkath, who's at his service.]]service]].



* The Scandal That Shall Not Be Named, as it's only ever euphemistically referred to around here, if at all, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and for good reason]], has had this effect on ThisVeryWiki. It even got to the point where the very mention of its ''name'' caused an ExampleSectionectomy.[[note]]Specifically, {{Scandalgate}} became restricted to InUniverseExamplesOnly when an EditWar over a certain example there [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot turned up some serious]] TropeDecay.[[/note]]

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* The Scandal That Shall Not Be Named, as it's only ever euphemistically referred to around here, if at all, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and for good reason]], has had this effect on ThisVeryWiki.[[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]]. It even got to the point where the very mention of its ''name'' caused an ExampleSectionectomy.[[note]]Specifically, {{Scandalgate}} became restricted to InUniverseExamplesOnly when an EditWar over a certain example there [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot turned up some serious]] TropeDecay.[[/note]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' uses the actual Scottish Trope in "[[OutDamnedSpot Out Darned Spotlight]]". Whenever someone said "Macbeth", something bad would happen, like lead actor Nick falling off his skateboard and breaking his leg the day of the recital of ''Macbeth [[RecycledINSPACE in Space]]''!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' uses the actual Scottish Trope in "[[OutDamnedSpot Out Darned Spotlight]]". Whenever someone said "Macbeth", something bad would happen, like lead actor Nick falling off his skateboard and breaking his leg the day of the recital of ''Macbeth [[RecycledINSPACE in Space]]''!



* During [[HistoryOfTheColdWar the division of East and West Germany]], the East German government used very specific phrasing whenever speaking of its Western counterpart. The most common was "the government in Bonn", due to a belief that by referring to it as a "German government" of any sort would undermine their position that it was an illegitimate government.

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* During [[HistoryOfTheColdWar [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar the division of East and West Germany]], the East German government used very specific phrasing whenever speaking of its Western counterpart. The most common was "the government in Bonn", due to a belief that by referring to it as a "German government" of any sort would undermine their position that it was an illegitimate government.



* Swedish military training during the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Cold War]] taught defense against ''the enemy'', which just happens to use Soviet Union materiel and organization.

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* Swedish military training during the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Cold War]] UsefulNotes/ColdWar taught defense against ''the enemy'', which just happens to use Soviet Union materiel and organization.
16th Feb '17 12:18:15 PM bomberman121890
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The title of a certain play by Shakespeare, for example. [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]], so called because thespians believe that just saying the word "Macbeth" in anything but in-character rehearsals is bad luck and will ruin the play or even {{curse}} the troupe/theater. The explanations behind this vary, but if you dare say it inside a theater cast and crew will inevitably slap your mouth shut and give you days if not ''years'' of dirty looks if something bad ''does'' happen.

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The title of a certain play by Shakespeare, for example. [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} The Scottish Play]], so called because thespians believe that just saying the word "Macbeth" [[spoiler:"Macbeth"]] in anything but in-character rehearsals is bad luck and will ruin the play or even {{curse}} the troupe/theater. The explanations behind this vary, but if you dare say it inside a theater cast and crew will inevitably slap your mouth shut and give you days if not ''years'' of dirty looks if something bad ''does'' happen.
22nd Jan '17 7:48:48 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Near the end of the book ''Literature/SummerKnight'', Harry yells [[spoiler: "I don't believe in faeries!"]] as a battle cry during [[spoiler: the war between the faerie courts of Summer and Winter]] figuring, "What the hell."

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** Near the end of the book ''Literature/SummerKnight'', Harry yells [[spoiler: "I don't believe in faeries!"]] as a battle cry during [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the war between the faerie courts of Summer and Winter]] figuring, "What the hell."



** In ''Literature/ColdDays,'' Harry learns that [[spoiler: the Black Council may actually be an infectious Outsider called Nemesis. However, speaking its name risks drawings its attention, so even Mother Summer and Mother Winter (fairies several orders of magnitude beyond Harry's power, even ''with''the Winter Mantle) call it "the Adversary" instead]].

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** In ''Literature/ColdDays,'' Harry learns that [[spoiler: the Black Council may actually be an infectious Outsider called Nemesis. However, speaking its name risks drawings its attention, so even Mother Summer and Mother Winter (fairies several orders of magnitude beyond Harry's power, even ''with''the ''with'' the Winter Mantle) call it "the Adversary" instead]].
21st Jan '17 6:24:46 PM Hemma
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* Swedish military training during the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Cold War]] taught defense against ''the enemy'', which just happens to use Soviet Union materiel and organization.
27th Dec '16 5:39:38 AM AnotherGuy
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* In the original ''Film/TheProducers1968'', Bloom wishes him good luck and Max nearly kills himself, saying theatre people say "Break a leg". Bloom does so - and Max nearly breaks a leg.
10th Dec '16 11:11:01 AM dmcreif
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* In the first part of season 1 of ''Series/Daredevil2015'', [[Creator/VincentDonofrio Wilson Fisk]]'s name is treated as taboo.
** His right hand / [[MouthOfSauron mouthpiece]] James Wesley only ever refers to him as "my employer" in meetings.
** In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," John Healy, a hitman in Fisk's employ, gives up Fisk's name to Matt Murdock. Healy then immediately impales his head on a fence spike so that Fisk won't go after everyone he ever cared about.
** When Vladimir tries to refer to Fisk by name, Wesley interrupts "We don't say his name." Anatoly is more accepting of Fisk's anonymity
** In "World on Fire," Piotr, a Russian grunt picked up by the police, tells Detectives Christian Blake and Carl Hoffman about Fisk, and says that he'll tell them everything he knows for a plea deal. Unfortunately for Piotr, Blake and Hoffman work for Fisk. After briefly debating which one will do the deed, Blake suddenly punches Hoffman, who screams "[[PoliceBrutalityGambit He's going for my gun!]]", and then draws his pistol on Piotr.
-->'''Det. Christian Blake:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner You really shouldn't have said his name]]. ''[shoots Piotr]''

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* In ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
**Throughout all of
the first part Netflix shows, [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the alien invasion of season 1 of ''Series/Daredevil2015'', [[Creator/VincentDonofrio Wilson Fisk]]'s Manhattan]] is only ever referred to as "The Incident". As said by the realtor showing Matt and Foggy their new office space in "Into the Ring," the generic name sounds so much better than "death and destruction raining from the sky nearly wiping Hell's Kitchen off the map".
**[[Creator/VincentDonofrio Wilson]] [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Fisk]]. Saying his
name is treated as taboo.worthy of a death sentence.
***His right hand / [[MouthOfSauron mouthpiece]] James Wesley only ever refers to him as "my employer" in meetings.

** His right hand / [[MouthOfSauron mouthpiece]] James Wesley only ever refers to him as "my employer" in meetings.
** In
***In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," John Healy, a hitman in Fisk's employ, gives up Fisk's name to Matt Murdock. Healy then immediately impales his head on a fence spike so that Fisk won't go after everyone he ever cared about.
** When ***When Vladimir tries to refer to Fisk by name, Wesley interrupts "We don't say his name." name," but an agitated Vladimir eventually just says Fisk's name anyways. Anatoly is more accepting of Fisk's anonymity
** In
anonymity, much to Vladimir's chagrin, and Vladimir speculates that Fisk doesn't like his name being said because it would betray that he's just an ordinary person.
***In
"World on Fire," Piotr, a Russian grunt one of Vladimir's lackeys, is picked up by the police, police. Facing a potential 30 year sentence, he tells Detectives Christian Blake and Carl Hoffman about Fisk, and says that he'll tell them everything he knows about the man for a plea deal. Unfortunately for Piotr, [[DirtyCop Blake and Hoffman work for Fisk.Fisk]], and they decide to kill him. After briefly debating which one will do the deed, Blake suddenly punches Hoffman, who screams "[[PoliceBrutalityGambit He's going for my gun!]]", and then draws his pistol on Piotr.
-->'''Det. Christian Blake:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner You really shouldn't have said his name]]. ''[shoots Piotr]'' name...]] ''[[[BoomHeadshot shoots Piotr in the head]]]''
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