No word has a privileged or closer position to the signified (or to meaning). If we had that close relation to the signified (which constitutes “full presence” in Derrida’s terminology), then the “play of the sign” (another term from Derrida) wouldn't actually occur because we could bypass the signifier of the signifier (that is writing) and achieve closer harmony with the signified (or with meaning/sense).
Frege, Gottlob. (1918) 'The Thought: A Logical Inquiry'
Whitehead, A.N. (1928) Process and Reality