The pilcrow (¶) was originally an editor's or proofreader's mark to indicate that a new paragraph should begin at a certain position.

Its usage hasn't changed much. Today it most frequently appears in word processors as a way of displaying the end of a paragraph on screen, and in some HTML editors as a way of displaying <P> without deviating too far from WYSIWYG.

Pil"crow (?), n. [A corruption of Paragraph.] Print.

A paragraph mark, ¶.




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