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You’ve seen the graph root, which means ‘to write,’ written everywhere. From geography classes to math graph paper to English paragraphs, this root presents itself in many, many forms. Take a look at the graphic of the graph tree, and read on with the writing below!

Graphic Writing

There is much to say about the Greek root graph which means ‘to write,’ so let this ‘written’ discourse begin!

One of the most common uses of this root is in the suffix -graphy. Geography is simply ‘writing’ about the physical characteristics of the Earth. A biography is ‘writing’ about someone’s life, whereas an autobiography is ‘writing’ about your own life. And a bibliography is a ‘written’ lists of books you’ve used when writing a paper.

Many people ‘write’ in different ways. For instance, a calligrapher is one who ‘writes’ with beautiful hand-‘writing.’ A choreographer, on the other hand, ‘writes’ dance steps. A cinematographer ‘writes’ scenes in a film by using a camera. ‘Writing’ with film is not unusual at all—consider the photographer, who expresses herself by ‘writing’ with light on film!

Life was made much easier by transmitting messages via the telegraph, which ‘wrote’ at a distance. What do you do with graph paper, on which lines have already been ‘written’? You, of course, draw a graph, or ‘written’ diagram! Paragraphs are, of course, ‘written;’ paragraphs are so called, however, because they are ‘written’ alongside each other.

When you ask someone for her autograph, you want her signature ‘written’ by herself. Graphic artists might be particularly good at that, since they deal with ‘written,’ vivid images on a daily basis. Unfortunately, some people have a habit of ‘writing’ graffiti where they shouldn’t!

Enough ‘writing’ for the day, lest I run out of graphite in my e-pencil!

  1. geography: Earth ‘writing’
  2. biography: ‘writing’ of someone’s life
  3. bibliography: ‘writing’ about books used
  4. calligraphy: beautiful ‘writing’
  5. choreography: the ‘writing’ of dance steps
  6. cinematography: the ‘writing’ of film scenes
  7. photography: the ‘writing’ of pictures using light
  8. telegraph: ‘writing’ from afar
  9. autograph: self ‘written’
  10. graffiti: ‘writing’ on walls


  • calligraphy

    Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting using special pens or brushes.

  • demographic

    A demographic study describes the characteristics of part of a population that is usually used for purposes of marketing.

  • orthography

    Orthography is the art of correct spelling.

  • topography

    The topography of an area is how the land lies, that is, if it is flat, rolling, mountainous, etc.

  • choreography

    The choreography of a work of dance is either the art of arranging the steps or the actual dance composition itself.

  • epigraph

    An epigraph is a quotation or inspiring line heading a chapter or entire book that sets forth an overarching theme or is related to the book or chapter in some way.

  • hagiography

    Hagiography is the study of and/or the writing of the lives of saints; that is, it is both writing the biography of a saint and the subsequent study of its contents.

  • geography

    Geography studies the lands of Earth, including mountains, rivers, cities, and the people that live there.

  • autobiography

    a biography of yourself

  • autograph

    mark with one's signature

  • bibliography

    a list of writings with time and place of publication (such as the writings of a single author or the works referred to in preparing a document etc.)

  • biography

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

  • cartography

    the making of maps and charts

  • cinematography

    the act of making a film

  • demographics

    statistical characteristics of a population often used for marketing

  • graph

    represent by means of a graph

  • graphic

    written or drawn or engraved

  • graphite

    used as a lubricant and as a moderator in nuclear reactors

  • photograph

    record on photographic film

  • photography

    the act of taking and printing photographs

  • telegraph

    send cables, wires, or telegrams

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