Isma il Waenawae , Tanzil Huda


Potentially, there exists language phenomenon in every society such as taboo words or expressions.
Taboo word occured in the society as a part of the culture which perhaps are different in terms of
meaning and form. Cerainly, those taboo words will be disadavantage to EFL/ESL learning if they
resemble to the English words. This study was intended to investigate 1) the existence of taboo
words used in daily verbal communication in Thai society; 2) how the taboo words implicate to Thai
learners’ EFL learning. This study was qualitative which employed the researchers themselves as
the key instrument. The subjects of the study which also became the source of the data were
Southern Thai EFL learners. The data were collected by using interview and documentation. The
data analysis was conducted in three stages: reducing data, displaying the data, and drawing
conclusion or verifying the data. The findings irevealed that there existed a lot taboo words in Thai
Keywords: Linguistic taboo, EFL classroom

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