For no particular reason, today's word is:
(I closed my eyes, opened the dictionary and stabbed my finger at the page.)
Graphic means to describe accurately, vividly and dates from the 1570s. It comes from the Latin graphicus meaning "picturesque" and the Greek graphikos meaning "of or for writing, belonging to drawing, picturesque." The suffix -graphy means "the process of writing or recording."
I shouldn't have been, but I was shocked at the number of words ending with -graphy. You can check out one list HERE. I could only think of a few, photography, geography, biography, bibliography, calligraphy...
Some synonyms for graphic include: concrete, stirring, striking, colorful, telling, compelling, comprehensive, eloquent, lucid, lively, realistic
All of us who write are, in my opinion, graphic artists. We try our best to write compelling, striking, stirring, colorful, realistic and/or lively stories.
It seems to me that nowadays graphic tends to mean something that is violent, bloody or sexual. "Due to graphic nature of this program, viewer discretion is advised." Sad, when the word has some many wonderful synonyms.
No need for "viewer discretion" here. Below are three examples of abstract graphic drawings I did with a graphite pencil. I don't draw much anymore, but when I did I enjoyed playing with shapes and shades of white to black.What are you thankful for? Do you, or did you used to draw? Have any pretty flowers in your yard? What do you think about the word, "graphic?"