Word of the Day : April 22, 2017


noun kahr-TAH-gruh-fer


: one that makes maps

Did You Know?

Up until the 18th century, maps were often decorated with fanciful beasts and monsters, at the expense of accurate details about places. French mapmakers of the 1700s and 1800s encouraged the use of more scientific methods in the art they called cartographie. The French word cartographie (the science of making maps), from which we get our English word cartography, was created from carte, meaning "map," and -graphie, meaning "representation by." Around the same time we adopted cartography in the mid-19th century, we also created our word for a mapmaker, cartographer.


A cartographer was brought in to create new graphical representations of the shoreline that had been reshaped by erosion.

"A multi-media interactive website that celebrates the life and times of 16th-century cartographer Martin Waldseemüller—who created the 1507 World Map … —has been unveiled by the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and the Galileo Museum, Florence, Italy." — USA Today, 1 Jan. 2017

Test Your Vocabulary

Unscramble the letters to create the name for the lines that go from the North Pole to the South Pole on maps of the world: RDENMIAI.



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