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(ok so the punctuation series is really just a bunch of typographic symbols)

The pilcrow is a common typographic symbol used to denote paragraphs.

The pilcrow was used in the Middle Ages to mark a new train of thought, before the convention of physically discrete paragraphs was commonplace.¶

The Oxford English Dictionary suggests that the name originated as pylcraft, a corrupted form of “paragraph.”

Desktop publishign software uses the pilcrow is symbolize a carriage return, or hard return (as opposed to a soft return). In Adobe InDesign, a hard return seperates paragraphs and contains paragraph styles. a soft return is just a line break.

on a mac ¶ is Option+7.

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