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Scrib-write The Latin root word scrib and its variant script both mean “write.” These roots are the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including scribe, describe, postscript, and manuscript. The root scrib is easily recalled through the word scribe, whose job is “writing,” and script, a “written” document.

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Ingredient Memlet: transcribe
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trans- across, through
scrib write
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To transcribe a document is to “write it across” to another sheet of paper.

Ingredient Memlet: conscript
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con- thoroughly
script written

One who is conscripted is “thoroughly written” into the ranks of the military, or “forcefully enrolled.”

Scribes Write Scripts

The Latin root word scrib and its variant script both mean “write.” Today we have “written” a unique podcast script to permanently “write” these roots into your memory!

Let’s begin with the root scrib, which means “write.” A scribe used to be the primary “writer” of copies before the printing press was invented. A scribe would often transcribe documents, or make “written” copies of them. A bored scribe might scribble or carelessly “write” meaningless marks on what he is “writing.” Imagine if a scribe were given a task which was indescribable, or could not be “written” about at all! Now imagine once more if a scribe were asked to inscribe, or “write” letters on stone with only his usual pen! Perhaps a doctor would have to prescribe pain killers, or “write” a note beforehand, to ease his aching fingers—it’s rough “writing” on stone!

Now let’s move on to the variant root script, which also means “write.” For instance, a script is simply a “written” text. Scribes often copied manuscripts, or documents once “written” by hand. These manuscripts “written” by scribes were often scriptures, or holy “writings.”

Do you have a subscription to a magazine? If so, you have “underwritten” it to provide money for its production. If you need some medicine that is available by prescription only, you must receive a “written” document beforehand from a physician to get it. Have you ever needed a transcript from your school, or document “written” across to another to make a copy, to prove that you’ve taken a certain course?

And just what does the abbreviation “PS” mean after a signature on a letter? It stands for the Latin post scriptum, or “postscript,” a further message which is “written” after the main body of the letter.

I have now “written” more than enough about both scrib and script. Enough describing and description for today!

  1. scribe: a ‘writer’ of copies
  2. transcribe: to make a ‘written’ copy
  3. scribble: ‘write’ carelessly and aimlessly
  4. indescribable: not able to be ‘written’ about
  5. inscribe: ‘write’ on
  6. prescribe: ‘write’ beforehand
  7. script: a ‘written’ document
  8. manuscript: a document originally ‘written’ by hand
  9. scripture: holy ‘writings’
  10. subscription: fee paid to a magazine to ‘underwrite’ its production
  11. prescription: document ‘written’ beforehand by a physician
  12. transcript: document ‘written’ across to another to form a copy
  13. postscript: extra words which are written after the main body of a letter