The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language and Graffiti

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Graffiti

Graffiti, an art or a crime? In this reading you will find reasons people think graffiti is a crime and why other ones think it is an art. Reasons people think graffiti is an art is because they think it is a very good way to express feelings, it garnishes the city and it is beautiful, and some aspects that people consider that graffiti is a crime is because they think it does not mean anything, and it is ugly.

The definition of Graffiti as provided by The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language when examining the word’s etymology. For it was in America that the modern day graffiti we are concerned with in this study originated. The word is derived from the Italian, ‘graffio’, a scratching or a scribbling, and according to the AHD, is “probably from Vulgar Latin ‘graphire’, to write with a stylus, and nowadays the word graffiti is defined as writing or painting on the wall. Graffiti is painting, painting is an art and an art is a way for expressing feelings, so graffiti is an art that expresses all feelings in every moment and every place.

Many people think graffiti is a crime because they do not know what it means, also they think it is a waste of time and money because making is too expensive and it lasts too much. People confuse graffiti with tag, these are very different because a tag consists of a writer’s signature, usually done in permanent marker or spray paint and several times it is not artistic and it is illegal.

Graffiti is not a crime, it is the opposite, it is an art because it expresses everything you want, your opposition to the government, to the laws, your love, needs, or just your way of thinking. Many people do not understand graffiti, but it does not mean it is a crime or something wrong for society. It is better using time painting than consuming drugs, and painting is a very good distractor for not consuming drugs, and painters do not think in anything else than painting, and they do not have enough money...
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