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(RIGHT) FROM THE WORD GO means from the outset, from the very beginning; immediately upon starting. 

"We were in trouble right from the word go."
"She was failing the class from the word go."

If you do something from the word go, you do it right from the start of a period of time or situation. 

"I fell in love with her almost from the word go."

If something happens or is true from the word go, it happens or is true from the beginning of a process or activity. 

"She didn't like me from the word go."

It probably alludes to the start of a race, signaled by the word 'go'.

"Right from the word go, the team looked out of breath and slow."

This colloquialism originated in nineteenth-century America. Davy Crockett used it in Narrative of the Life of Davy Crockett (1834): 

"I was plaguy well pleased with her from the word go." 

A newer equivalent is FROM THE GIT-GO or FROM THE GET-GO, which probably originated in American Black English in the 1960s and is on its way to clichédom. 

"I certainly heard 'from the git-go', in solidly white society in the Louisville, Kentucky area, circa 1967, and it seemed well-established at that time." 

It may be derived from 'to get going', meaning 'to start' or, more likely, from 'Get ready, get set, go!' used for a race.

"The whole show was a disaster right from the get-go." 

By the late '80s, it was popular in sports journalism; in the '90s it has come to be widely used in the edited prose, although it retains an informal, conversational quality.

"Ray has the race won from the git-go when he smoked 'em off the starting line." 

Its popularity has soared in the last twenty years, owing much to its catchy, alliterative quality.

"This doomed-from-the-git-go dynamic turns their short but intense courtship into a tearjerker." [The Shreveport Times, 2016]

A much less common variant is FROM THE GET, which was first recorded in 1971.

"I've been his friend from the get."

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