September 16, 2013

a pilcrow

A pilcrow is the typographical character used in editing to represent a paragraph.

Aside from the fact that I never knew the name for it, I’ve always had a dickens of a time remembering which way it goes.  The reverse pilcrow seems to make more sense because it looks like a P (you know, for paragraph).

The symbol itself, however, originates from a cent symbol — the c meaning capitulum (as in “little head”, or head of a paragraph).