Let words live and die on their own | Daily Prompt: No, Thank You

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

I’m not picking.

While, yes, there are words that I’d hate to use and there are words that I don’t want to hear or read, every word that has been spoken by the human tongue is a testament to our enduring collective genius to constantly create new words, to contribute to a living language, to invent an additional form of expression.

Every word is an invention, often by groups rather than individuals because words are used people and not just one person. And to permanently ban a word is—by extension—to destroy a piece of history, to destroy a life.

Let words live and die on their own.

 

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21 thoughts on “Let words live and die on their own | Daily Prompt: No, Thank You

  1. When I first read the question, I thought of a word or two, but then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that banning a word is the same as banning a book. It’s not going to change anything.

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  2. I completely agree. Even if certain words were banned, people would still use them anyways.

    But who is anyone to control the usage of words? That’s what grammar is for!

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