these very gangstas then looked upon the original sayer of "word" as an idol, for having been shot.
forever after other gangstas used "word" as a "yes."
Gansta 2: Word!
White Boy: -frightened-
"Word?" ("You speak the truth?")
"Word." ("I speak the truth.")
"Word" has no single meaning, but is used to convey a casual sense of affirmation, acknowledgement, agreement, or to indicate that something has impressed you favorably.
Its usage among young blacks has been parodied ad nauseam among clueless suburban whites.