Here’s a thought – what if, when making a promise and saying, “You have my word,” you actually gave the other person a word? What if each one of us had our own word (or words) and we could give them to people? Like as collateral or symbol of trust or something.
“I give you my word – asparagus.”
(Or juice, or love, or wombat, or whatever you wanted it to be.)
I think I’d have quite the word collection by now 🙂