*Sunshine, one of my favorite people and a high school teacher, shares my dislike of the “forbidden” word. She discourages her students from using it. When they complain about how hard it is to write without it, she refers to me. She lets them know that her author friend has written entire books without a single instance of it. Naturally this surprises them.
Perhaps I should have dubbed it a “deplorable” word in honor of the one in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. But then, it certainly doesn’t do as much damage as the one we learn Jadis the White Witch used in The Magician’s Nephew. Maybe just to my sanity.