Manus scribere

Manuscript comes from Latin manus, for hand, and scriptus, a thing written, from scribere, to write, and means written by hand or typed. Many words use the manus prefix: manual; manufacture, from manus factus, made by hand; and manumit, to release from slavery, from manus and mittere, to let go.
Many words include the script suffix, including postscript (P.S.), from postscribere, to write after; inscription, and subscription. These words all come from scribere, and English contains many scribe words: describe, circumscribe, subscribe, and, of course, scribe, a person who writes.

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