Upon special request, today we’re going to look into the word autograph . . . which is fitting, since there are just a couple days left in this month’s sale of autographed copies of The Reluctant Duchess! 😉
I didn’t give it too much thought when this request came in, but as soon as I sat down today and decided to feature it, I realized I knew where this word came from without even having to look it up. Though I still looked it up, just to be sure, LOL.
The Ancient Greeks wrote using the phoenetic writing system. The writing system used in Ancient Greece is reflected in the modern day writing system - #greek #language of the #Macedonians - #Macedonia Greek dialects - inscription discusses and event in #thessaloniki , Macedonia northern Greece
The word came to English in 1791 as “a person’s signature.” It was borrowed from the French, which was taken from the Latin, which was borrowed directly from the Greek. There are two parts of this word: auto, which means “self” in Greek, and graph, from the Greek grapho, which means “to write.” Originally it was used in Greek to mean “written by one’s own hand.” This was also the first meaning to come into English, in 1640–it meant a manuscript one wrote oneself.
As far as the verb form goes, by the early 1800s, it had evolved out the noun to mean that one wrote something in one’s own hand. “To sign one’s name” didn’t come about until 1837! Pretty late, eh? And yet the roots of the word are about as old as they can get.
And given that I’ve been making my kids learn Greek for the last several years and grapho was one of the first verbs we learned, I really should have known that one from the start, LOL.
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