Writing Prompts: Ban a Word

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

This is interesting. What word would I deem to be so offensive that I’d strip it from the dictionary and try to deny usage of?

There are a number of words associated with racism, sexism, and homophobia, that the world could do without, however these words sometimes get ‘re-appropriated’ by the very people targeted by them, in bold acts of defiance, and it is not my place to tell anyone what they should or should not take offence at. Policing language is a dangerous game. Where does the line get drawn? Recently, there was a minor furore over alterations to some Roald Dahl books. Expressions that are now felt to carry uncomfortable connotations were changed. There was a backlash, and the planned changes were retracted.

The meaning of words ebbs and flows with time. It is a fluid situation, and to ban any given word feels distasteful, however, if I had to ban one word, just one, can we all agree that I should ban ‘moist’?

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