Words, love them or hate them we can’t do without them.

Do you have favourite words or words you dislike? not just for what they stand for but for how they sound.

Here are a few of my favourites:






And here are some I don’t:




Definition of Word

    1. a speech sound, or series of such sounds, serving to communicate meaning and consisting of at least one base morpheme with or without prefixes or suffixes; unit of language between the morpheme and the sentence
    2. a letter or group of letters representing such a unit of language, written or printed usually in solid or hyphenated form
  1. a brief expression, statement, remark, etc.: a word of advice
  2. a promise, affirmation, or assurance: to give a person one’s word
  3. news; information; tidings: no word from home; what’s the good word?
    1. a password or signal
    2. a command, order, or authorization: waiting for the word to go ahead
    1. talk; speech
    2. the lyrics, text, libretto, etc. of a musical composition that is sung
  4. a quarrel; dispute; argument
  5. ARCHAIC a saying; proverb
  6. COMPUT. a basic unit of storage in memory, consisting of a certain number of bits

Origin of word

Middle English ; from OE, akin to German wort ; from Indo-European an unverified form werdh- (extension of base an unverified form wer-, to speak, say) from source Classical Greek eirein, to speak, Classical Latin verbum, word

to express in particular words: to carefully word a toast
word Idioms

a good word

a favorable comment, or commendation

at a word

in quick response to a request or command; immediately

be as good as one’s word

to live up to one’s promises

break one’s word

to fail to keep one’s promise

hang on someone’s words

to listen to someone eagerly

have a word with

to have a brief conversation with

have no words for

to be incapable of describing

have words with

to argue angrily with

in a word

in short; briefly

in so many words

exactly and plainly

man (or woman) of his (or her) word

a person who keeps his (or her) promises

of many (or few) words

talkative (or not talkative)

put words in someone’s mouth

to ascribe words or opinions to someone that he or she did not say or does not hold

take someone at his (or her) word

to take someone’s words literally or seriously and, often, act accordingly

take someone’s word for it

to have trust in what someone says without needing proof or evidence

take the words right out of someone’s mouth

to say just what someone (else) was about to say

the Word

  1. Logos
  2. gospel (sense )

upon my word!

indeed! really!: an exclamation of surprise, irritation, etc.

word for word

in precisely the same words; exactly; verbatim

Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.


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