The terms are too embedded in the culture of gaming to go away - if form this day forward WotC stopped using the word "lawful" in anything they print - we'd still call paladins 'lawful good' until we stop playing entirely. Are we "using" alignment then?I guess it depends on your perspective. I don't think it needs mechanical weight to be useful. (I mentioned that pages ago but I don't expect anyone to go digging it up.) But there's been a lot of blanket statements thrown around that basically equates to "using alignments is bad". So if you use them, you use them. And the only option I see for not using them is holding steady at about 21%.
I don't want to dive to far into semantics here - the middle of the curve seems to be "it's just a way to describe characters" which works well in most cases.
But the idea of enforcing alignment died some time in the 3x era. (And good riddance says I)