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
- 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
- a letter or group of letters representing such a unit of language, written or printed usually in solid or hyphenated form
- a brief expression, statement, remark, etc.: a word of advice
- a promise, affirmation, or assurance: to give a person one’s word
- news; information; tidings: no word from home; what’s the good word?
- a password or signal
- a command, order, or authorization: waiting for the word to go ahead
- talk; speech
- the lyrics, text, libretto, etc. of a musical composition that is sung
- a quarrel; dispute; argument
- ARCHAIC a saying; proverb
- 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
a good word
at a word
be as good as one’s word
break one’s word
hang on someone’s words
have a word with
have no words for
have words with
in a word
in so many words
man (or woman) of his (or her) word
of many (or few) words
put words in someone’s mouth
take someone at his (or her) word
take someone’s word for it
take the words right out of someone’s mouth
- gospel (sense )
upon my word!
word for word
Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.