Monday, July 26, 2010

Etymology Graffiti

Italian word GRAFFIATO
Graffiti, graffiti definition is an Italian word GRAFFIATO (scratched). "Graffiti" is applied in art history to works of art produced by scratching designs into the surface. The reason for the word is "graffiti" which includes scratching through one layer of pigment to reveal another beneath it.

carved graffiti alphabets on the walls
This technique is primarily used by potters who would glaze their wares and then scratch designs in it. In ancient times, was carved graffiti on the walls with a sharp object, although sometimes chalk or coal were used. Greek infinitive - graphein - which means "to write" is from the same root.

Greek infinitive - graphein