One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A symbol (¶) used to mark a new paragraph or section of text.‘early printed books were designed to accommodate hand-drawn rubrications, including spaces at the beginning of each section for a pilcrow’
- ‘I accidentally did something while typing and now I have a pilcrow popping up everywhere!’
- ‘Also known as the paragraph mark, the pilcrow, for such a humble, rarely used mark, has a surprisingly complex history.’
- ‘Over time, the paragraph was afforded a new line, so that the pilcrows aligned along the left of a column.’
- ‘Tabs appear as little arrows, spaces look like dots, and Enters appear as pilcrows (paragraph marks).’
- ‘What's up with all the pilcrows in the print magazine?’
- ‘If you click on the pilcrow on your toolbar (looks like a backwards P) it will turn on the Show/Hide button, which will reveal a paragraph mark after the table.’
- ‘Aside from the keyboard, you have three buttons: one for formatting, indicated by a pilcrow; an "Insert" button for inserting external elements into your document; and a "Done" button that puts the keyboard away.’
- ‘Remove pilcrows that might be creating the extra space.’
- ‘Word will not allow you to delete that paragraph mark (pilcrow) because it is a part of the document's table format.’
- ‘Further down the margin, the manicule is used together with a pilcrow in the text.’
Late Middle English: apparently from a variant of paragraph, remodelled after the more familiar words pill and crow.
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