Know Your Roots! Can You Define These Words Containing The Greek Root ‘Graph’?

Knowing our roots is the best way for us to truly understand and learn from our past. Of course, with language, it’s more of a way to keep our past organized and understand it’s influence and the rules it has stuck us with.

The Greek root ‘graph’, meaning ‘write/writing'(hint!) is present in much of our English language, and most of us are familiar with it’s common usage. That said, there are plenty of ‘graphic’ words that we may not have ever had to use before. How familiar are you with one our your roots? Take the quiz!

"apparatus used to communicate at a distance over a wire"

tellagraph
telegraph
graphing phone

"the act or art of writing in shorthand"

stenography
monography
shortography

"a graphic character used in picture writing"

pictagraphic
grapholog
pictograph

"a picture in which an image is focused onto film or other light-sensitive material and then made visible and permanent by chemical treatment, or stored digitally."

pintagraph
instagraph
photograph

"one of several distinct subdivisions of a text"

sentagraph
paragraph
pintagraph

"representing the sounds of a language by written symbols"

orthography
onthography
writography

"a detailed and documented treatise on a particular subject"

monograph
dectagraph
bibliograph

"a method of printing from a metal or stone surface"

linography
dinography
lithography

"a compiler or writer of a dictionary"

lexicographer
dictographer
compilographer

"handwritten book or document" (this one might be tricky!)

holograph
manugraph
writhograph

"the study of handwriting"

graphology
monography
hanography

"written or drawn or engraved"

monographic
graphic
graphological

"a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing"

endograph
epigraph
intrograph

"the science of analyzing and deciphering codes and ciphers"

cryptography
mazeography
ciphrography

"the making of maps and charts"

mapography
cartography
chartography

"beautiful handwriting"

calligraphy
caligraphy
colligraphy

"an account of the series of events making up a person's life"

selfiegraphy
biography
byography

"a list of writings with time and place of publication"

librograph
biblography
bibliography

"a person's own signature"

attograph
ottograph
autograph

"a book or account of your own life"

autobiography
ottobiography
monography

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Know Your Roots! Can You Define These Words Containing The Greek Root ‘Graph’?

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