scrib-, script-, -scribe, -scription, -scriptive

(Latin: write, record)

Writing has not always been available for the "common person" to utilize. In the past it was restricted only to the few who were educated especially for that purpose either as scribes or monks who dedicated their lives to this vocation. You can learn more about the ancient Egyptian scribes by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Someone who marks the surface of something with engraved or written characters; especially, in a durable or conspicuous way.
1. Words or letters written, printed, or engraved on a service.
2. A signed message written in a book or on a photograph, often when it is being presented as a gift.
To write between lines or to interline.
lex non scripta
The unwritten law.

This phrase refers to what is known as common law, the body of law derived in the English tradition from precedent without the formality of statutes and regulations, but nevertheless binding. Lex scripta, refers to the body of written, or statutory, law.

manuscribe (noun), manuscribes; manuscribed; manuscribing
1. To write with one’s hand or to write by hand: Lynn’s grandfather manuscribed his everyday activities in a diary with exceptionally beautiful script.
2. To write a book, a document, or a piece of music by hand rather than as a typed or printed production: The author could think and manuscribe his ideas for his next novel on paper better than by using a computer.
manuscript (s) (noun), manuscripts (pl)
1. A book or other text that is composed by hand; especially, one written before the invention of printing: The young author, Miss Owens, presented her first short story as a manuscript to the publishing company, hoping that they would think about publishing it.
2. Handwriting as opposed to machine-printed words: Grace was noted for her beautiful manuscript which looked almost as if she had written it using the cursive font on a computer.
mistranscribe (verb), mistranscribes; mistranscribed; mistranscribing
Recording something in writing incorrectly.
nondescript (adjective), more nondescript, most nondescript
1. A reference to a thing which is not easily classified and not very interesting: When the police asked Dick to describe the vehicle the thieves rode away in, he said it was quite nondescript because it looked like all the other vehicles on the rode.
2. Relating to someone who is lacking any distinct, remarkable, or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting: Jane was quite plain, commonplace, ordinary, and nondescript, just like her name seemed to be.
Pertaining to someone or something that is not easy to describe.
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Conveying no particular knowledge about its source.
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1. With no interesting or remarkable characteristics.
2. A reference to to a person or thing of no particular type, kind, or character; often used disparagingly.
omniscribent, omniscriptive
Writing on, or about, all subjects.
overprescribe, overprescribing
To prescribe an excessive amount of a drug or medicine.
A prescription for an excessive amount of a medication.
post postscriptum; PPS
Written after that which was previously written afterward.

That which is written after a previous post script as an additional after thought.

post scriptum; PS, P.S.
A post script; written afterward.

Anything that is written [added] after the main message of a letter; an afterthought.

postcript (post scriptum); P.S.
1. To write (something) after; to write as a postscript or appendix.
2. To write afterwards or subsequently; to make a written addition to a previously written message.
Ancient hieroscribe symbol There is a special presentation about the history of the ancient scribes at this "Professional-Egyptian scribe story", Part 1.

Related "writing" units: glypto-; gram-; graph-.