Encyclopedia > Ographies

  Article Content

Ographies

Informally, an ography is a field of study or academic discipline ending in the suffix -ography. The word ography is therefore a back-formation from the names of these disciplines. Such words are formed from Greek or Latin roots with the terminal -graphy derived from the Greek verb γραφειν (graphein), to write. The word ography is thus misleading as the 'o' is actually part of the word stem that receives the -graphy ending. For example, the bio part of biography stems from Greek βιος (bios), life. This is why some of the words do not end in -ography (such as calligraphy).

Some non-study ographies are:

please add examples of non-study ographies to this list

  • Autobiography, the biography of a person written by that person
  • Bibliography, a list of writings used or considered by an author in preparing a particular work
  • Biography, an account of a person's life
  • Calligraphy, the art of fine handwriting
  • Choreography, the art of creating and arranging dances or ballets
  • Photography, the art, practice, or occupation of taking and printing photographs
  • Pornography,

please add more examples of real fields of study ending with -ography to this list

  • Areography[?], the study of the physical features of the planet Mars
  • Cartography, the study and making of maps
  • Demography, the study of the characteristics of human populations, such as size, growth, density, distribution, and vital statistics
  • Geography, the study of spatial relationships on the Earth's surface
  • Hagiography, the study of saints
  • Historiography, the study of the study of history
  • Oceanography, the exploration and scientific study of the ocean and its phenomena
  • Oreography[?], the science and study of mountains

See also:



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
French resistance

... radio equipment and continued to Marseilles. De Gaulle had sent him coordinate activities of different resistance groups. Many groups were not enthusiastic at first. ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 40.3 ms