graffiti : Common Errors in English

About graffiti

Graffiti is an Italian plural form. One scrawl on a wall is a graffito. But few English speakers are aware of this distinction and say things like “there’s a graffiti on the storefront.” This is not usually considered incorrect; but people who know Italian may disapprove, so you might want to use the word only in the plural.

graffiti Meaning(s)

  • (n) a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls
  • (n) a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls

graffiti in News

  1. More graffiti cameras to catch taggers in the act

    It's another attempt to get graffiti under control. Yakima is adding more cameras to catch taggers in the act. Yakima police tell us the equipment helps.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KIMA Yakima

  2. Graffiti Clean Up

    Allstate employees working together with the Harrisburg Police Department and Police Athletic League to clean up the city. Volunteers spent the day removing graffiti in Harrisburg as part of Allstate’s week of service. All across the country this week groups …
    on June 13, 2013 Source: FOX 43 Harrisburg

  3. Fresh Graffiti Spotted On Subway Car Like It's The 1980s Or Something

    Around 3:30 this morning a reader spotted this subway car covered with some fresh elaborate graffiti on the side—a familiar sight decades ago, but a somewhat rare phenomenon these days. The tagged car was rolling through the Metropolitan Avenue station in Middle Village, Queens at the time. [ more › ]
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Gothamist

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