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WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a single part of speech.
     2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 Ves. 306.
     3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 7981.
     4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Internet, twitter and all associated popular forms of communication are the practical working modes of spreading the good word on spiritual life, social life, family life, political life, economic life or anything connected with a good human life which should necessarily include land, labour and lodging for everyone, according to Pope Francis.
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Without a doubt, choice is a good word. It's a cosy and comfortable word that makes people feel they are getting a good deal.
The execution is amateurish, the presentation eccentric ("tweaked" is a good word), yet the video, perhaps by virtue of these qualities, manages to capture the schizophrenic charge of American mainstream news media at a time when war and celebrity share equal--and equally sensationalized--airtime.
"Shut up, put that down, I'll kill you when I get you out of here, etcetera, etcetera." I know what it's like when the bills come in and the euphoria of Christmas subsides, but what on Earth is the point of beggaring yourself to give them shed loads of gifts in December if you haven't a good word to say to them in January?
The Japanese do, however, have a perfectly good word for "future," but that does not make anyone particularly happy about it.
Sir, - Lance Green has never heard anyone anywhere say a good word about traffic humps.