Posted by: Natalie | April 13, 2010

Word of the Day: Photograph

I have spent the morning flicking through old photos to inspire a competition entry for the Independent on Sunday. So today’s word is . . .

Photograph

Word Origins:

this word literally means ‘drawn with light’. It was apparently coined by the British astronomer, Sir John Herschel. In 1839 he gave a lecture to the Royal Society detailing his new invention, sensitized photographic paper. He used Greek words, photo- from phos, meaning ‘light’ and graphos, meaning ‘drawn’. It was undoubtedly inspired by other photo-related inventions that pre-dated him, including the French inventor Nicephore Niepce’s heliographie, meaning ‘sun-drawing’.

Urban Dictionary Definitions:

  1. A photograph is a positive image. It is printed on photosensitive paper, most of the time used to capture the good times in your life.
  2. A picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.

Nat’s Definitions:

  • Memories
  • Things I am useless at taking
  • A physical document of our world for future generations to look at.
  • Often make you realise you need to loose weight / have your hair cut / change your wardrobe.
  • The easiest way to make girls cringe.
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