III. MEANS OF COMMUNICATING IDEAS
2. Conventional means; written language
writing, manuscript, MS., literae scriptae; these presents.
stroke of the pen, dash of the pen; coupe de plume; line; headline; pen and ink.
letter [more]; uncial writing, cuneiform character, arrowhead, Ogham, Runes, hieroglyphic; contraction; Brahmi, Devanagari, Nagari; script.
shorthand; stenography, brachygraphy, tachygraphy; secret writing, writing in cipher; cryptography, stenography; phonography, pasigraphy, Polygraphy, logography.
copy; transcript, rescript; rough copy, fair copy; handwriting; signature, sign manual; autograph, monograph, holograph; hand, fist.
calligraphy; good hand, running hand, flowing hand, cursive hand, legible hand, bold hand.
cacography, griffonage, barbouillage; bad hand, cramped hand, crabbed hand, illegible hand; scribble; pattes de mouche; ill-formed letters; pothooks and hangers.
stationery; pen, quill, goose quill; pencil, style; paper, foolscap, parchment, vellum, papyrus, tablet, slate, marble, pillar, table; blackboard; ink bottle, ink horn, ink pot, ink stand, ink well; typewriter.
composition, authorship; cacoethes scribendi; graphoidea, graphomania; phrenoia.
writer, scribe, amanuensis, scrivener, secretary, clerk, penman, copyist, transcriber, quill driver; stenographer, typewriter, typist; writer for the press (author) [more].
compose, indite, draw up, draft, formulate; dictate; inscribe, throw on paper, dash off; manifold.
take up the pen, take pen in hand; shed ink, spill ink, dip one's pen in ink.
uncial, Runic, cuneiform, hieroglyphical.
[Phrases] audacter et sincere; le style est l'homme meme; "nature's noblest gift -- my gray goose quill" [Byron]; scribendi recte sapere et principium et fons [Horace]; "that mighty instrument of little men" [Byron]; "the pen became a clarion" (Longfellow].