Monday, March 14, 2016

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Calligraphy

According to the Oxford Dictionary the word calligraphy means "The art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush".
According to the Etymology dictionary the word calligraphy comes from Greek kaligraphia, from kallos "beauty" + graphein "to write". The usual combination form in Greek was kalli- "beautiful, fine, happy, favorable;" kalo- was a later, rarer alternative form. 

Other words refered to kalli- are: Calliope and calliphygian. Refering to kallos are: Calisthenics. And belong to graphein are: Choreography, typography and cartography.

We can see the use of the word calligraphy in this article.

Noel Solar Muiño. 3ºA. @nooelsm_


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