*skribh-

(Indo-European Root)

Meanings

1.
cutting, carving a mark
(Very early on, the family was about making markings. It is the origin of Latin *scribere (to write) which is the base of words like subscribe, prescribe, scripture and serif. Root might be related to *(s)ker-.)

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Root: *skribh-

The core idea of the root was:

cutting, slicing

And very early on it was used in the context of leaving markings or making drawings and eventually, writing things.
In the Latin branch, we have the verb *scribere, which meant to write, which is the origin for words like script, prescribe, subscribe, describe and more.

Here’s a  (incomplete) list:

  • script, scripture
  • manuscript (“to write by hand”)
  • scribe 
  • subscribe (“to write under”)
  • prescribe (“to write across”)
  • inscribe (“to write in”)
  • describe (“to write down”)
  • ascribe (“write toward”)
  • transcribe (“to write over”)
  • serif, sans-serif (“little stroke, draw”)
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