Write On!: Graph and Gram

Practice this vocabulary list and explore words that contain the Greek roots graph ("write/writing") and gram ("written thing").

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  1. autobiography
    a book or account of your own life
    He did learn to write, and recounted his life story in an autobiography.Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science
  2. autograph
    a person's own signature
    Wherever they went, townspeople surrounded them, asking for autographs as if they were movie stars.The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  3. bibliography
    a list of writings with time and place of publication
    And yet they contain only highlights from a bibliography that comprises poetry, translations, and a lot more wonderful fiction and nonfiction.Washington Post (Oct 3, 2016)
  4. biography
    an account of the series of events making up a person's life
    I began reading their biographies to find out what, if anything, in their lives had influenced their music.Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography
  5. calligraphy
    beautiful handwriting
    The exhibition will showcase different styles of calligraphy and illumination.US News (Jun 21, 2016)
  6. cartography
    the making of maps and charts
    He also pioneered the methods of modern cartography, describing how to draft both flat and spherical projections of his universal map.Circumference
  7. cryptography
    the science of analyzing and deciphering codes and ciphers and cryptograms
    He felt cryptography - the study of sending secret messages - was of practical use only to spies and criminals.BBC (Apr 23, 2017)
  8. diagram
    a drawing intended to explain how something works
    I stared as if it were a diagram in a book I was trying to understand.The Name of the Wind
  9. epigram
    a witty saying
    The Duke of Wellington never uttered the epigram attributed to him: “Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.”Economist (May 21, 2015)
  10. epigraph
    a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
    The collection features an epigraph from the poet James Schuyler: “Poetry, like music, is not just song.”The New Yorker (Oct 17, 2016)
  11. grammar
    the branch of linguistics that deals with sentence structure
    They laid the foundations for formal grammar by dividing all Greek words into classes—nouns, verbs, conjunctions, and so on.Circumference
  12. graphic
    written or drawn or engraved
    “The pictorial, graphic element is not part of the design of the cheerleader’s uniform; it’s superimposed on it,” she said.New York Times (Oct 31, 2016)
  13. graphology
    the study of handwriting
    And that's where graphology gets very tricky, since it's used in such pivotal decisions as hiring personnel.US News (Jan 28, 2013)
  14. holograph
    handwritten book or document
    The catalogues of dealers are constantly presenting them, and most public libraries possess examples, either in the original holograph or in some form of reproduction.Blackburn, Douglas
  15. lexicographer
    a compiler or writer of a dictionary
    “You know, Samuel Johnson was a reference book editor. He defined a lexicographer, a compiler of dictionaries, as a harmless drudge.”Washington Post
  16. lithography
    a method of printing from a metal or stone surface
    The image was drawn on a large piece of limestone and was printed in an old technique called lithography.Washington Times (Mar 27, 2016)
  17. monogram
    a graphic symbol consisting of 2 or more letters combined
    During the process, which removed a layer of varnish, an artist's monogram was discovered in the upper left corner that reads "RF."Los Angeles Times (May 5, 2016)
  18. monograph
    a detailed and documented treatise on a particular subject
    The trouble is, this is supposed to be a novel, and the excruciating detail of the indictment is more appropriate to a scholarly monograph.Washington Post (Jun 22, 2015)
  19. orthography
    representing the sounds of a language by written symbols
    Icelandic law requires names to comply with Icelandic grammar and orthography.BBC (Dec 19, 2013)
  20. paragraph
    one of several distinct subdivisions of a text
    Adam drew a deep full breath and held it while he read the paragraph again.East of Eden
  21. photograph
    a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print
    Below the initials, pressed into the crease between the pages, someone stuck an upside-down photograph.Thirteen Reasons Why
  22. pictograph
    a graphic character used in picture writing
    Viewing an old emoji, our culture critic writes, “feels a bit like trying to read pictographs from an ancient civilization.”New York Times (Oct 27, 2016)
  23. stenography
    the act or art of writing in shorthand
    At the time, stenography was a growing profession, one that opened up to women as the Civil War removed many men from the work force.New York Times (Feb 13, 2015)
  24. telegram
    a message transmitted by telegraph
    I knew she was hoping that there’d be a telegram, telling us that all was well and he’d see us for sure on the twentieth.Homesick
  25. telegraph
    apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire
    The telegraph gave way to telephones, which stepped aside for cellphones.Slate (Sep 1, 2016)

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