Levels of Distractibility: Who cares? = *. Some people will be distracted from your meaning: = **. Many people will be distracted from your meaning: = ***.
Question: I know that doctors prescribe prescriptions. But what the heck does "proscribe" mean?
Answer: The difference is between two little vowels. "PREscribe" orders that something be done. "PROscribe" forbids you to do something. "From here on, swimming in that place is proscribed." OR "prohibited" OR "forbidden."
Rating of Distraction: ***. "Proscribe" is not a particularly common word. But don't mix it up with "prescribe." The mistake would be a "howler."