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None of them are four letters, and all of them pass the George Carlin test, and are said on television.

But a list of seven words are taboo enough that the Trump Administration is attempting to muffle their use at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to multiple news accounts.

“Fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based” are the terms that were the focus of a 90-minute meeting at the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

The CDC policy analysts were presented with the seven terms by a senior leader in the CDC’s Office of Financial Resources, according to the report. The analysts were “incredulous” at the suggestion of the words to avoid, the report added.

But it remains officially unclear how far the agency is seeking to stop the use of those terms. A follow-up report in The New York Times indicates instead that the agency is trying to steer the terminology to ensure the budget passes both Republican majorities in Congress next year. (The Washington Post story cites a senior analyst, while The New York Times references multiple people present at the meeting).

But the sheer suggestion of steering the words used by the vital agency drew swift condemnation from some onlookers, many of whom called the language-control announcement “Orwellian.”

“Among the words forbidden to be used in CDC budget documents are ‘evidence-based’ and ‘science-based,’” said Rush Holt, the chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “I suppose one must not think those things either. Here’s a word that’s still allowed: ‘ridiculous.’”

“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention banned from using ‘science-based’ and ‘evidence-based’ terms,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). “Are we now going to use Voodoo and leeches to treat diseases?”

The agency itself vehemently denied that any terms were being forbidden as a matter of policy.

“I want to assure you there are no banned words at CDC,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the agency. “We will continue to talk about all our important public health programs.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seemed to hint that the discussion of the taboo words was more a part of the budgetary process than the day-to-day operations of the CDC, in a short statement in response to the reports.

“The assertion that HHS has ‘banned words’ is a completely mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process,” said the agency, in its statement. “HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”

The coming budgetary battle in 2018 was prefigured by the cuts passed earlier this year, since much of the CDC “prevention” dollars were tied up in the much-disputed funds supporting the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The CDC’s annual budget currently amounts to about $7 billion.