I suppose the word embargo is meant to be aggressive and off-putting, so I'll have to give it full marks for fitness-for-purpose.
I can give it no marks at all, though, for elegance, for moonlit radiance, or for tripping fleetly off the tongue.
It's as if someone's put a heap if manure in the middle of a sentence. Quite, quite horrible.
An embargo started off being a ban on merchant ships visiting (or departing) a harbour, and then it became to be used for other sorts of legal prohibitions, like a ban on certain sorts of trade.
Nowadays it can even mean the seizure of goods for use by the state. (Hm. I'm having trouble working out the difference between that meaning and theft. But then I'm not a lawyer.)
As a writer, an embargo usually means not being able to tell anyone you've won a literary award before The Big Moment On Stage With The Exotically Coloured Envelope.
If you do win, you have to make a speech, and then carry the possibly huge trophy and a big bunch of flowers home on the train.
Just a slightly mixed blessing, that.
Word Not To Use Today: embargo. This word comes from the Spanish embargar, from the Latin barra, which is to do with barring things.