Is shh a word?
- If it is, why is it a word?
- If it is not, why isn't it a word?
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Shh is a word. According to Merriam-Webster, a word is:
a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use.
M-W further says:
any segment of written or printed discourse ordinarily appearing between spaces or between a space and a punctuation mark
Shh satisfies both definitions of a word. If I tell you "shh" you know what I mean (first definition). As for the second definition: