The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) attributes the etymological origin of paper to the Catalan word paper which, in turn, would derive from Latin papyrus. The role is a thin sheet made from vegetable fiber pulp.

PaperThese fibers, which can come from wood, straw or other sources, are ground, bleached and faded in Water. Then a drying and hardening process is carried out using different mechanisms.

The role was developed by the chinese based on the residues of silk, rice or hemp straw and cotton during the 2nd century. Previously, egyptians had developed papyrus from the stem of plants that grew on the banks of the Nile river, while the Europeans appealed to the scrolls created with tanned skins.

Today there are an infinity of types of paper, which differ in terms of durability (the ability to perform its functions during prolonged use), the stability (to preserve its dimensions despite changes in atmospheric conditions) and the resilience (the ability to regain its original shape after being deformed). It is even possible to recycle used paper to avoid cutting down trees that means producing more paper.

Likewise, it should not be forgotten that currently paper is usually classified also taking into account its format. That means that we can talk about A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 or A8 paper.

It is interesting, in the same way, to be clear that when classifying any type of paper in a more profound way, another wide series of criteria will be taken into account such as its stiffness, resistance to pressure, weight, degree of whiteness it has, the opacity it presents or its porosity.

To all this should be added the fact that today paper is not only an element that becomes a communication tool but also an essential material for art. Thus, there is the so-called origami, which is responsible for using paper to make all kinds of figures, or there are even sculptors who use this material to create their works in an original way.

Of course, we must not forget either that paper is used to make money, specifically banknotes, and even to create all kinds of furniture for the home or an office.

It is important to be clear that within the world of interpretation the term paper is also used, but with another meaning. Specifically, in this case that word is synonymous with character. In this way, it is often said “My actor friend has been cast as a doctor in the film of one of the most important directors in the country.”

In everyday language, the concept of paper is used to name any sheet or piece of paper, whether handwritten, printed, or blank. For instance: “Please, give me a piece of paper so I’ll write down my phone number”, “I ran out of paper and I still have to keep writing”, “I can’t find the paper where I wrote down the things we have to buy at the supermarket”.