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Official "Taboo: The Game of Unspeakable Fun" Rules

Taboo is a popular word guessing game where players try to describe a word to their teammates without using certain "taboo" words or phrases. Here are the basic rules:


The goal is to get your teammates to guess the word you're describing within a limited time frame, without using any of the "taboo" words or phrases associated with it.


  • Game Cards: Cards with words to be guessed and a list of taboo words or phrases.

  • Timer: A timer to limit the time for each turn.

  • Taboo buzzer: An optional buzzer or noise-making device to signal when a player uses a taboo word.


  1. Divide players into two teams.

  2. Choose a player to be the "clue-giver" for the first round.

  3. The opposing team selects a card and reveals the word to the clue-giver without showing them the list of taboo words.


  1. The clue-giver describes the word to their teammates without using any of the taboo words or phrases.

  2. Teammates try to guess the word based on the clues provided by the clue-giver.

  3. If the clue-giver uses a taboo word or phrase, a member of the opposing team presses the taboo buzzer, and the turn ends immediately.

  4. Teams take turns guessing words until the timer runs out.

  5. Teams earn points for each word correctly guessed within the time limit.

  6. Rotate the clue-giver for each round, and continue playing until all cards have been used or for a set number of rounds.


  • Teams earn one point for each word correctly guessed within the time limit.

  • If the clue-giver uses a taboo word or phrase, the opposing team earns one point for catching the infraction.


The game typically continues for a predetermined number of rounds, with teams accumulating points for each correctly guessed word. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.


  • Be creative with your clues, but avoid using the taboo words or phrases at all costs.

  • Pay attention to the timer and try to provide clues efficiently to maximize the number of words guessed.

  • Communicate with your teammates to ensure they understand your clues and can make accurate guesses.

Taboo is a fast-paced and exciting party game that challenges players' communication skills and word association abilities. Enjoy the thrill of trying to convey meaning without using the words you most want to say!

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