There is a compelling reason to write as much as there is a compelling reason to read. The compelling reason to write is to share knowledge while the compelling reason to read is to gain knowledge. Knowledge of economics makes us aware of concepts like “ends and scarce mean”, “forces of demand and supply”, “demand and supply curve”, equilibrium point”, and opportunity cost”. These same concepts acts up in writing and reading. The writer desires to be understood and the reader desires to understand.
The writer thinks of winsome words to present thoughts and ideas while the reader meditates to digest the thoughts and ideas – understanding point. The writer thinks of how to make a form of knowledge understandable while the read thinks of ways to understand the form of knowledge – forces of reading and writing. The reader requires clarity of thoughts while the writer strives to convey thoughts clearly – read and write curve. The writer thinks of the thought pattern of the reader while the reader thinks of how the writer desires to be understood- perception and retention means. The writer desires his written knowledge not discarded but the reader decides which form of knowledge is worth keeping – information cost. Economics is accepted as a social science. The ability to read and write is social science of a kind. There are varying behavioral patterns to reading and writing. These behavioral patterns are embedded in the cultures and traditions of individual community of humanity from ancient to modern times.
Should there be a single word for the ability to read and write, it should be a social science worthy of its own curriculum.
The credo of knowledge that is at our disposal and the extent to which knowledge has been put to use makes it obvious that the ability to read and write is only an integral part of what literacy is than been giving as the definition of literacy. There is no single word to describe the ability to read and write as an integral part of literacy. There is no absolute literacy as much as there is no absolute illiteracy. The same intellectual skill put to use by those who can read and write is also observable in those who cannot read or write. Reading and writing is relative to what is perceived as readable and writable. It is appropriate then not to limit literacy to just reading and writing or to assume that any not reading and writing same as another is an illiterate.
A lot of knowledge seeking individuals have search the Internet and encyclopedias for an English word that can best represent the ability to read and write. There should be a word giving to the integral part of literacy. It takes more than reading and writing to be a literate but reading and writing harnesses literacy.
In an attempt to suggest a word that lexicographers may want to consider as a single word for the ability to read and write, an integral part of literacy, suffice to say it should be coined from the Latin words for read and write. The Latin word for read is legere while the Latin word for write is scribo. Merging these two words together to form the one English word that fittingly represents the ability to read and write generates the English word “SCRIBOLOGERY” – noun. The person that puts such ability to use should be called “Scriborogerist”- noun. A well presented knowledge in writing is “Scribologeric” – adjective. You made a scribologerical (adverb) presentation. Every written word was well placed and it shows how much effort you put reading up for your presentation.
So one can be scribologeric in one language or more. Someone can just be legeric and not scriboic in a certain language or more.
Do you feel the word “Scribologery” suffices as an English word for the ability to read and write? Please comment your opinion.