I looked for simliarities and I didn't find any, so sorry if there's something like this! When the word "doll" is used, people generally have a certain picture in their mind of what a doll looks like. Many might picture a Barbie doll or Cabbage Patch Kid etc. If one talks about collecting dolls or asian-ball-jointed dolls, either way its said, "doll" is used, and people might think of that as a weird interest, especially for guys. So what if there was another word for them? As if there was another word that meant only these kinds of BJDs but didn't use "doll" in it at all. Say the word was like... Blah or something (silly I know, work with me here!!) Do you think it would be less awkward for you to talk about them to non-doll people if you used that word? Would saying you collect and customize Blahs be less awkward than saying dolls?