Here we are, a word of two flat feet:
Oh, but a platform should be a leap, a cry of romance and promise (or bitter parting, or edge-of-adventure); an incarnation of the mystery of Somewhere Else.
Oh dear. It calls up the glazed-eyed glumness of the suited commuter, of leaves-on-the-line, of the heavy hand of an Invisible Contoller.
Platform: a place designed to make lingering as uncomfortable as possible...
...or is that just an accident?
Word Not To Use Today: platform. This word comes from the French platforme, from plat, which means flat, and forme, which means layout.