The Write Stuff: Words Derived from "Graph" and "Scribo"

You can't write about writing without learning these ten words that are derived from the Ancient Greek root "graph" and the Latin root "scribo" -- both meaning "write."

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  1. photograph
    a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print
    Mr. Weber said he liked the power that came with being able to take a photograph and then transform it.New York Times (Feb 1, 2012)
  2. graph
    a visual representation of the relations between quantities
    “We can be a bit relieved,” he said, while showing off a graph of bond yields over the past eight months to illustrate his point.Washington Post (Dec 29, 2011)
  3. graphic
    a visual image
    Graphics are sharp, layouts are inviting and the recommendations get smarter with time.New York Times (Jan 4, 2012)
  4. autograph
    a person's own signature
    Some foreign players find these crowds unnerving, given all the pushing and shoving, but Chandler just moves forward, signing autographs as he goes.New York Times (Feb 1, 2012)
  5. inscribe
    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    Several tombs are inscribed and on some external paintings are still faintly visible.Various
  6. describe
    give a statement representing something
    Dorsett describes making the trek to the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and being saddened by once-hearty men deteriorating before his eyes.Seattle Times (Feb 2, 2012)
  7. transcribe
    write out, as from speech or notes
    Hastily procuring pen and ink, he bade Sir Walter sing it over again while he transcribed the words to paper.Bender, Millicent Schwab
  8. script
    a written version of a play or other dramatic composition
    Mr. Wells said he was inspired to work on the contest by something that happened when he was starting out as a script writer.New York Times (Jan 22, 2012)
  9. description
    the act of depicting something
    The details of Mr. Browne's invention are too intricate for description in this place, but its main point is comprehensible enough.Hendrick, Burton J.
  10. ascribe
    attribute or credit to
    But few of the numerous works ascribed to Pope Gregory the Great are genuine.Alberger, John

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