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Is there a word that represents the act of writing a phrase on something? In this case, I'm trying to advertise a club by "engraving" or "inking" ping pong balls with a phrase such as "Join this club."

Engraving is close, but you can't engrave ping pong balls, and "inking" is close but doesn't sound right.

  • Branding is the typical term for vendor giveaways and tschotskes. You could also use the specific method employed, like screening or silk screening. – Dan Bron Jul 28 '15 at 15:06
  • If you are using a mechanized process to mark each object, you can call it "printing [a message or slogan or company name on]"; if not, you might refer to it as "hand-lettering [a message or slogan or company name on]." – Sven Yargs Jul 28 '15 at 18:35
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How about inscribe?

  1. to mark (a surface) with words, characters, etc., especially in a durable or conspicuous way. (m-w.com)
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Well there is a word but it might be a little over the top!

emblazon

/ɪmˈbleɪz(ə)n,ɛm-/

verb

conspicuously inscribe or display a design on. "T-shirts emblazoned with the names of baseball teams"

  • The word inscribe from the definition you quote might actually be precisely what OP is looking for. – Dan Bron Jul 28 '15 at 15:57

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