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Re: My word is my bond

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 22, 2007

In Reply to: My word is my bond posted by David Stuart on November 21, 2007

: What is the origin of the term "My word is my bond" and who was the author?

It doesn't have an author. In this specific form it has for centuries been the motto of the London Stock Exchange, but in various forms (e.g. "a gentleman's/Englishman's word is as good as his bond") it goes back at least to 1500, when a Scottish source has ""O kingis word shuld be o kingis bonde".