When I talk about banning words in student writing here, I’m not talking here about those words that, if used, get students sent down to the principal’s office or result in a soapy mouthwash.

No. These are other words. Some of them do have four letters, but that’s just a coincidence.

The banned words I would like to put forth are words which lead a writer down that path of poor writing.

The first word I’d like to nominate is literally. Yes, I literally mean it! I was prompted to nominate literally after reading this article, “On Behalf of ‘Literally’,” by Courtney Kirchoff.

Unlike other words I will later nominate for banishment, the banning of literally should only be a temporary measure until everyone learns to use it properly. And I literally mean that!