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In time you'll probably have to get writers to do scripts for them, but not right away.

The scripts could now be obtained by the presentation of the numbers.

Probably the Mediterranean alphabet, which is the basis of most Indian scripts, had not yet reached India.

The primary text includes a number of brief citations from languages other than English, and in scripts other than Roman.

All passages in non-Roman scripts include mouse-hover transliterations.

None of these scripts resembles the Islamic characters called distinctively Arabic.

They depart madly from their scripts to try to say something startling enough to justify all the attention they're getting.

A deal table was set at one side, down stage, for the Jocelyns, with two scripts of the play.

The Cretan inscriptions belong to a far older epoch, and are written in two non-Grecian scripts of undetermined affinities.

Telepreachers still appeared regularly every Sunday, but their scripts—like everyone else's—had been processed in advance.


late 14c., "something written," earlier scrite (c.1300), from Old French escrit "piece of writing, written paper; credit note, IOU; deed, bond" (Modern French écrit) from Latin scriptum "a writing, book; law; line, mark," noun use of neuter past participle of scribere "to write," from PIE *skribh- "to cut, separate, sift" (cf. Greek skariphasthai "to scratch an outline, sketch," Lettish skripat "scratch, write," Old Norse hrifa "scratch"), from root *(s)ker- "cut, incise" (cf. Old English sceran "cut off, shear;" see shear (v.)) on the notion of carving marks in stone, wood, etc.

Meaning "handwriting" is recorded from 1860. Theatrical use, short for manuscript, is attested from 1884. The importance of Rome to the spread of civilization in Europe is attested by the fact that the word for "write" in Celtic and Germanic (as well as Romanic) languages derives from scribere (e.g. French écrire, Irish scriobhaim, Welsh ysgrifennu, German schreiben). The cognate Old English scrifan means "to allot, assign, decree" (see shrive; also cf. Old Norse skript "penance") and Modern English uses write (v.) to express this action.

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