In the Beginning Was the Word! It is only appropriate that a section on "Words and World Representations" should start with this reminder. It is clear that word and world are closely coupled concepts. While their similarity in form inspired me to try to trace them back to some common root, none of the dictionaries available to me sustains that conceit, although the Oxford English Dictionary does show word as one of the forms of world in some part of the English-speaking regions during the period 1300-1600.