No, it is not a curse word in my house. Evolution is a subject I read about and discuss with other Christians. It might have been a "taboo" subject in the latter half of the 20th century when I was growing up, but there is now so much fascinating information available about the universe and how it originated that demands our attention. After all, Christians should be able to defend their views, and how can they do that if they remain in ignorance about the subject?
Of course, it helps if you know what sort of evolution you accept or reject. There are different types of evolution – stellar, chemical, organic. It is perfectly obvious that stellar evolution is taking place all around us in the universe. But we can’t say that evolution brought the universe into being. Evolution is a process, not an act. It is the ‘how,’ not the ‘who.’ Evolution is a term to describe the process taking place. Evolution is not, by definition, atheistic. Many atheist scientists were strongly resistant to Big Bang, not on scientific grounds but because it sounded too religious!
Many Christians find the 'Big Bang' theory of how our universe came into being, and how it is still evolving, to be in harmony with the Genesis account of creation. The only evolutionary process I, as a Christian, do not accept, is that humans evolved out of some primordial sludge. I believe we are unique, that we were literally created in God's image. But this universe, and our planet, did not come into being in a few thousand years! The 'Big Bang' happened because of God and just as God created time, matter and life in an instant, so too God sustains the universe and all life. God is the singularity, the cause, the who and the why. Evolution merely explains how things are now as they are.