Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.
"Sherlock Holmes" is a fictional character created by Scottish author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School. A London-based "consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is known for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise and his use of forensic science to solve difficult cases.
Holmes, who first appeared in print in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character's popularity grew with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with "A Scandal in Bohemia" in 1891; additional short-story series and two novels (published in serial form) appeared from then to 1927. The events in the stories take place from about 1880 to 1914.More Sherlock Holmes on Wikipedia.
If we were keen to avoid certain topics, it was probably more because it embarrassed us.
It's elementary, my dear Watson.
I trust that age with not wither, nor custom stale my infinite variety.
Watson, you idiot. Somebody stole our tent ...
But the dog did nothing in the nighttime! That is the curious incident!
[(CNN) -- The cardinal rule of criminal detection was carved in stone more than a century ago.] It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence, ... It biases the judgment.