If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?
I know many will approach this from a more philosophical slant. Some will opt to ban such words as hate, bigotry, pain, abuse, racism and the like. The problem, as I see it, is that banning such words from the semantic range would not ban their reality.
You know, it’s the whole a rose by any other name idea. You may wish to ban these words, and others like them, but the fact would be that they would still be very much real. We may ban the word hate, but hatred would still exist, if only in a different semantic guise.
Now, if we could ban the reality of this or that; well, that would be a different matter. Sadly, we cannot.
We can, however, live these bans out in a practical way. That is, we as individuals can practice love, instead of hatred. We can be people who bring healing, instead of abuse. While we cannot ban the realities, we can do our part to counteract them.
So, I have chosen to take a less philosophical take on this prompt. My choice is more selfish and self-serving. It came down to two words for me; words I consider to be too often used. I really couldn’t choose between the two, so instead of listing just one I will list them both.
The two words that I would ban from general usage if I had the power to do so, are plethora and surreal.
I have noticed over the last five to ten years these two words have been used, reused and overused more times than I care to count. I never have traced it, but I think they must have been used in a movie or T.V. show once and people latched on to them.
I don’t personally have a problem with either word. It is just they are used so often it gets to be a bit annoying. Maybe it’s just me and it’s one of my many pet peeves. I don’t know.
I am too much a libertarian to want to ban anything really. Perhaps then, instead of a permanent ban, we could just limit their usage.
It is a shame. Both words are good words. But, over usage can spoil even the best words.