The tag has been heavily discouraged since the early days of the site. A few weeks ago I manually retagged every question that used , and there are currently no questions with that tag, save one question that has since been migrated.

This tag is really bad. It means nothing at all, and is only ever used by utter n00bs who have no idea what other tags to put on a question. Everybody hates it. Please make it go away forever.

Edit And here it is almost a year later, and I just had to squash 5 "word" tags, 4 of which were the only tag on the question. Can we please get this added to a permanent blacklist-with-prejudice-attached? Pretty please? --Martha

5/31/2012 And once again, I had to kill something like 11 "words" tags, about half of which were the only tag on the question. Two of them were merged, so I can't even edit out the tag: What is the antonyms of "capitalize" and Asking question about position of a person in a list. I noticed that word is now listed as a synonym of words, but manifestly neither is blacklisted. Is there a reason the Powers That Be are refusing to do this?

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    I was tempted to add [words] to this question since it is most certainly relevant.
    – MrHen
    Commented Apr 27, 2011 at 14:52
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    @MrHen The tags on the meta site are different from the tags used by the main site.
    – apaderno
    Commented Apr 27, 2011 at 16:28
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    I have posted the link to this question in the moderators' chat room, pinging the person I was suggested. Now that there are not questions tagged with words, the tag can blacklisted.
    – apaderno
    Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 17:46
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    I find myself wishing we could put a bounty on meta questions. What will it take to truly kill this tag? It's just as useless as [english] would be.
    – Marthaª
    Commented May 31, 2012 at 16:44
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    Suggested titles: "We don't need [words]", "[Words] are not enough".
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 5:54
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    @AndrewGrimm "[Words] are meaningless" Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 14:49
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    @AndrewGrimm - "It's only [words], but [words] are all I have, to take this tag awaaaaay".
    – AndyT
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 16:24

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The community manager Shog9 has kindly granted our request. No more questions tagged "words" (or "word") will appear.

  • woo hoo! ... but... what's to stop some joker from typing it in again anyway?
    – Mitch
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 0:02
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    @Mitch When a tag is "burninated", it's removed from all questions, but people can re-create it by typing it in again. When a tag is "blacklisted", people can't re-create it by typing it in again. The site won't let them.
    – user28567
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 2:35
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    AND THERE WAS GREAT REJOICING. Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 7:38

Unfortunately even moderators don't have access to modify the blacklist; only devs have that ability. Otherwise I would have done this already!

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    Yes. I'm hoping the devs stop by and have pity on us. Commented Apr 27, 2011 at 16:26
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    @JSBᾶngs: I've put in a feature request on meta.SO - hopefully if you and many others upvote it, TPTB might change things so nohat can just sort such matters out "locally" soon! Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 23:01
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    You could make "words" a synonym for "questions-with-this-tag-are-ignored." Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 2:39

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