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I came across this sentence while reading, and the use of 'palabra' doesn't make sense to me:

Y no es que quiera irme; palabra.

Although it brings up connotations of the very slang usage of word in English.

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It's short for 'I give you my WORD (of honour)' –  deStrangis Jun 3 '13 at 15:00
    
@deStrangis: Thanks, but do you want to make this an answer? –  Flimzy Jun 3 '13 at 15:48
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Yes, it is the same meaning as in English, or at least as I understood from urbandictionary. It means something like "I promise" or "I swear".

About its origin I would say it is a shortened form of "palabra de honor". Cheking RAE for "palabra de honor" it redirects you to the fifth definition of "palabra":

. 5. f. Empeño que hace alguien de su fe y probidad en testimonio de lo que afirma.

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It's short for "te doy mi palabra", meaning "te lo prometo".

You can see in RAE that palabra means "promesa u oferta".

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