One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Words which are pleasant, friendly, or kind.
2An expression of approval, support, or esteem for a person or thing; specifically recommendation of a person to another's favour or for a job, position, etc. Frequently in "to give good words", "to put in a good word (for)", "to say a good word for (also about)".
Old English; earliest use found in Soul & Body I. From good + word.
good word/ˌɡʊd ˈwəːd/
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