Single-word phrase

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A single word phrase (SWP) is a phrase consisting of a single word. Although, on face value an oxymoron, in linguistics, single words can have similar properties to phrases, and it’s also frequently unclear what constitutes a word and what the boundaries are between word and phrase. Hence the frequent references to "word or phrase" in literature may be just referred to as "phrase", or sometimes constituent. This stands in contrast to a multi-word phrase (MWP).

Within Teflpedia, you may have been brought here by text that says "a phrase (including single-word phrases)" - this is our preferred phrasing as it is clear and specific.