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Daily Prompt: No, Thank You – If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us NO.

I’m going to do a picture for this prompt for a change! Here it is – it doesn’t exactly say “NO” but it looks like it would be a good idea not to proceed past this point.

Stop

Go no further!

Weirdly, this was on a way-marker post I saw during a forest walk in Coed y Brenin forest park during my recent holiday in Wales. It looked like just another trail and was marked as part of a mountain bike route.

Fortunately, the trail I was following went the other way, so I didn’t have to find out what this rather ominous sign referred to :-).

For the record, I wouldn’t ban any words from general usage. Words are just a way to express thoughts and ideas. Banning the word doesn’t ban the idea – a new word would quickly be invented to express it.

  1. June 24, 2013 at 12:37 am

    If I saw that sign, I’d promptly turn around.

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    • June 24, 2013 at 4:41 am

      Indeed I did, after stopping to get a photo of it of course. I saw comedy potential in it and “comedy before safety” I always say.

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  2. June 24, 2013 at 11:20 am

    That is a bit of a disconcerting sign to see on a walk! Although I think part of me would have been curious about what was beyond it and I may have ventured a little bit in the unknown (about the length of a toe, probably). Glad to hear you had a good holiday.

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    • June 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

      It was a great holiday indeed!
      I was also a bit curious but I was only half way around the walk and being monumentally unfit I didn’t want to push my luck by wandering off. Especially down the “poison path” 🙂

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