graffito

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Italian graffito.

Noun[edit]

graffito (plural graffiti)

  1. (archaeology and related fields) An informal inscription, as by a worker or vandal.
  2. (rare) A single instance of graffiti in the art/vandalism sense.

Usage notes[edit]

Outside of archaeology, graffiti or “a piece of graffiti” is used for the singular. As graffiti is borrowed from a plural form, prescriptivists consider singular use of graffiti incorrect: compare data/datum. The use of "graffiti" in contemporary art is a synonym to "Tags-Throw-ups-Pieces", TTP in short.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobson, Staffan: Den spraymålade bilden. Ph.D. diss. Aerosol Art Archives, University of Lund, Sweden 1996. p. 10-11. ISBN 91-628-2186-5

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

graffito m (feminine graffita, masculine plural graffiti, feminine plural graffite)

  1. past participle of graffire

Noun[edit]

graffito m (plural graffiti)

  1. graffiti in the art/vandalism.

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