Pronounced: AM-uh-slan (alt: AM-slan), noun

Notes: Kind of a specialized word; some of you may know it (I didn’t)

Yesterday’s word

The word calligram means “a word, phrase, or piece of text arranged to form a picture of the subject described”

First usage

Our word came into English in the 1920s

Background / Comments

Think of the notes of a scale written to look like a treble clef, or words for ‘bicycle’ in multiple languages arranged to look like a bicycle. These are examples of calligrams. The word comes from the French word calligramme, which comes from the Greek words calli- (beautiful) and -gram (something written). The word ‘calligraphy’ comes from the same sources, with -graph (writing) instead of -gram.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: