grapho-, graph-, -graph, -graphy, -grapher, -graphia
(Greek: to scratch; to write, to record, to draw, to describe; that which is written or described)
As indicated at the bottom of this page, there is a significantly large number of graphic word-entry groups in this unit. Such an extensive listing is provided to show how important the grapho- element is to the English language.
2. The descriptive science of engraved gems.
2. Etymology: This is the plural of Italian graffito, “an inscription scratched on rocks or walls or on artifacts made of plaster, stone, or clay”.
Many writers agree that graffito came from Greek graphein, “to scratch”.
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Here is a list of Graffiti Statements for you to enjoy which once appeared in U.S. newspapers.
- The more useless the antique the higher its value.
- It's difficult to soar like an eagle if you work with turkeys.
- It's cheaper to hear the patter of little feet than the stomping of $40 boots.
- A lot of overnight packages are delivered like there's no tomorrow.
- The credibility gap is the one between the nose and the chin.
- A genealogist traces your family tree as far back as your money goes.
- Two can live as cheaply as one, if they're both working.
- Stop pollution or the future will be a thing of the past.
- Bigamy: two rites making a wrong.
- The light bulb was Edison's bright idea.
- The worst thing about kitchen accidents is that you have to eat them.
- We need a pesticide for litterbugs.
- The only substitute for intelligence is silence.
- Gossip or news depends on who's telling and who's listening.
- Many people get unlimited mileage out of a limited vocabulary.
- Over eating makes you thick to your stomach.
- Talk softly, you never know when you may have to eat your words.
- Most 1st graders think V comes after T in the alphabet.
- History repeats itself 'cause no one listens the first time.
- Don't criticize your boss' judgment--look who he hired.
- For every person who can't read, there are two who won't.
- Walking is good for your health--but in some neighborhoods, running saves your life.
- A ventriloquist is a comedian who tells jokes without moving his lips.
- If you can keep your head when all those around you are losing theirs, you don't understand the situation.
- Observation, not old age, brings wisdom.
2. In medicine, a line or tracing denoting varying values of commodities, temperatures, urinary output, etc.; more generally, any geometric or pictorial representation of measurements that might otherwise be expressed in tabular form.
3. An apparatus of the nature of the chromograph, hectograph, etc., for taking copies of writing by pressing it on a gelatinous surface.
4. In philology, a visual symbol representing a phoneme or a segment or feature of speech; especially, a letter, or one of its occurrent forms, or a combination of letters.
2. The inability to recognize figures or letters written by touching with a blunt instrument on the skin which may be caused by the spinal cord or as a result of a brain disease: After her accident and injury to her spinal cord, Matthew, the physiotherapist, worked with Barbara to overcome her graphanesthesia.
2. A written symbol that is used to represent speech.
2. Relating to the use of diagrams, linear figures, or symbolic curves.
3. Characteristic of designs and decorations that involve the production of pictures, diagrams, etc., in association with text: An example of the graphic arts or designs also includes a diagram, a pattern, a picture, etc., produced by means of a computer.
4. Descriptive of a number of vivid details; especially exciting or unpleasant ones.
5. Representing something such as a sound by means of letters or other written symbols: “Moo”, “woof”, and “meow” are graphic representations of the sounds made by cows, dogs, and cats respectively.