So... I installed the most recent MS Office 2008 update, Office2008-1225UpdateEN.dmg and now none of the Office components will launch. So I tried reinstalling the update (because the alert said it hadn't installed all the components properly) - but it won't let me reinstall the update, saying it's only meant for updating the previous version!!

Now I'm waiting for my 'validation email' from the officeformac forum so I can get help, because there's no helpline I can call, it seems.
If it's brokenless, don't suffix it...