If you could permanently ban a word from use, which one and why?


I’m going to skip over the obvious racial slurs and derogatory terms for this one and look to something more unconventional because those types of words just shouldn’t be used anyway. If I were to eliminate a word from use, I would choose ‘whom.’ Because what the heck?! Who works perfectly well and ’ whom’ is just a confusing word that when people know it, they lord it over you if you mess up. I’m a firm believer that ‘their,’ ‘there,’ and ‘they’re’ should be used properly, but ‘whom’ is just unnecessary nonsense.

There are enough confusing words out there (‘right’ and ‘write’ I’m looking at you) that we can just eliminate this one…for the good of the people.

This post is part of a 31 day writing prompts series I’m doing. Find all the prompts in this blog post.