In other words, his childhood question to his mother has by definition no answer — and furthermore, must have none.
Hunter S. Thompson had this ability; his words cut the most powerful men in America to the bone.
“I was a nobody there,” Sisler insisted in a telephone interview, during which he slurred his words and acknowledged he was drunk.
In other words, Malcolm MacDougall is off their books for good.
It was soon after, with just three words, that Mottola realized he was in love.
Her words were the result of an impetuous defense of the absent man.
Let me hear from your own lips the words that must decide my destiny.
She clapped her hands, and her first words were, "Shut the gates."
The testimony of Pericles, Alcibiades, and Plato, confirmed the truth of his words.
The effect of her words was like an electric shock to the man.
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.
It is dangerous to leave written that which is badly written. A chance word, upon paper, may destroy the world. Watch carefully and erase, while the power is still yours, I say to myself, for all that is put down, once it escapes, may rot its way into a thousand minds, the corn become a black smut, and all libraries, of necessity, be burned to the ground as a consequence. [William Carlos Williams, "Paterson"]