Did you know that the word root ‘graph’ comes from the Greek word γραφή (graphe), which means a painting, drawing, or piece of writing? Some English words that use this root include telegraph, which is a system or machine that transmits writing over long distances. A photograph is a picture made using light, while a micrograph is a photograph or image taken using a microscope. A homograph is a word that has the same written form, but different meanings (like bear, lead, or wind). Can you think of any other ‘graph’ words?
We hope that you keep the graphite in your pencil sharp and ready to write! Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.
Graphite means ‘writing stone’ and is used to make pencils. Graphite is one form of solid carbon. Other historical names for this material were black lead and plumbago. Graphite and other lead ores all have the appearance of a soft, black mineral. In the past they were often mistaken for each other.
Aside from pencils, graphite is also used as a lubricant between metal parts.
While graphite is considered a soft material, graphene is one of the strongest substances known.
Some methods of telegraphy include semaphore, smoke signals, reflected light signals, and morse code. More modern counterparts may include email or instant messaging.
Before the successful invention and application of telegraphy, a letter from London to Sydney Australia used to take 73 days; a letter to New York took 12 days.
Graphomania is an obsessive impulse to write.