{widows-orphans} is about dealing with (typographic) widows (isolated lines created when paragraphs end on the first line of a page) and orphans (created when paragraphs start on the last line of a page). If you use this tag, add the more general {page-breaking} tag.

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Widow word on a page? I thought LaTeX wouldn't do that

Just had a surprise. I have a section in an article followed by a figure. The text flows over a page and ... one more word on the next page (which also includes the figure). Yes, I added a ~ before ...