Plural form of the word "word"

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Good day,

 

I have seen the plural form of the word "word" being used in many ways.   I have seen it expressed as 'words' and 'word'.

 

Example:

 

"Words of wisdom"

 

versus

 

"Word of mouth"

 

Both appear to represent the plural form.

 

Can you please discern the difference, assuming there is one?

 

Are either of these representations inaccurate?

 

Thanks in advance for considering this question.

 

Bill R.  

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Words of wisdom is a phrase that uses “of wisdom” to describe what type of words.  You could just as easily have words of idiocy, words of hilarity, or words of anger

 

Word of mouth is not using “of mouth” to describe what type of word.  It is an idiom that means passing information from person to person.  With an idiom, you can’t necessarily guess the meaning by looking at the meaning of each individual word.  This idiom isn’t about words, so word here is not singular or plural.

link comment answered Dec 13 '12 at 20:19 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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