In linguistics a word is the smallest element that may be uttered in isolation with semantic or pragmatic content (with
The term word may refer to a spoken word or to a written word, or sometimes to the abstract concept behind either.
Then all was silent save the voice of the high priest, whose words grew louder and louder, [ …]
Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.
“Ain’t! How often am I to tell you ain’t ain’t a word?”
In still another variation, the nonsense word is presented and the teacher asks, "What sound was in the beginning of the word?" "In the middle?" and so on. The child should always respond with the phoneme; he should not use letter labels.