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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WORD

Now don't breathe a word of this, but there's a big deal on in Consolidated Copper.

Was the gentleman” (he chose that word as he looked at the boys) “layman or clerk?

I have no evidence, except your word, that any such letter has been received.

Thoroughbred is the word for her, style and action, as the horse people say, perfect.

That's all gossip, you know; not a word of truth in it, and it's been very annoying to us both.

I haven't been irrational, I give you my word, not once since I came here.

"Those who know me don't generally doubt my word," said Robert, coldly.

You have seen the Greek word "phone," which means the voice, before.

This is what had happened to the word during the course of many centuries.

The offer was thankfully accepted, and the generous merchant was as good as his word.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English word "speech, talk, utterance, word," from Proto-Germanic *wurdan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian word, Dutch woord, Old High German, German wort, Old Norse orð, Gothic waurd), from PIE *were- "speak, say" (see verb).

The meaning "promise" was in Old English, as was the theological sense. In the plural, the meaning "verbal altercation" (as in to have words with someone) dates from mid-15c. Word processor first recorded 1973; word processing is from 1984; word wrap is from 1977. A word to the wise is from Latin phrase verbum sapienti satis est "a word to the wise is enough." Word of mouth is recorded from 1550s.

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