In well-worded generalities something was promised to all the classes and parties of France.
It was a well-worded appeal, signed by the four class presidents and Manager Lowell, but it failed of its purpose very largely.
A neat, straight, well-worded sentence is not a mere literary luxury.
Once they had it, they took no further trouble; it was their passport; and with a well-worded passport one can go a long way.
There is what may be called a Dead-prayer Office, and thousands of well-worded petitions get buried up there.
The letter requesting a relative or friend to serve as godfather or godmother must be tactful and well-worded.
Mr. Jerningham had written a well-worded lengthy report,—which never certainly would be read.
But to his sober and well-worded proposals Elsa gave the same replies that she gave to her more impetuous adorers.
Theodore received his well-worded congratulations with an ill-concealed scowl.
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"]