Beech:book

Beech:book

Mixed media drawing on paper

Our word ‘beech’ derives from the same ancient root word as our word ‘book’; current theory holds that very early books were written on beech bark. Perhaps not coincidentally, even today people seem to find it hard to resist scratching their own marks on the smooth bark of the tree. Here some perverse linguist seems to have cut the words ‘beech’ and ‘book’ and their precursors on the trunk and among the roots …
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Beech:book

Beech:book
Mixed media drawing on paper

Our word ‘beech’ derives from the same ancient root word as our word ‘book’; current theory holds that very early books were written on beech bark. Perhaps not coincidentally, even today people seem to find it hard to resist scratching their own marks on the smooth bark of the tree. Here some perverse linguist seems to have cut the words ‘beech’ and ‘book’ and their precursors on the trunk and among the roots …