Via my friend Beci. From Wikipedia:
Many individuals have much more fanciful signatures than their normal cursive writing, including elaborate ascenders, descenders and exotic flourishes, much as one would find in calligraphic writing. As an example, the final “k” in John Hancock‘s famous signature on the US Declaration of Independence loops back to underline his name. This kind of flourish is also known as a paraph.
There’s a second definition of paraph as a synonym for pilcrow:
The pilcrow (¶), also called the paragraph mark, paragraph sign, paraph, alinea (Latin: a lineā, “off the line”), or blind P, is a typographical character for individual paragraphs. It is present in Unicode as U+00B6 ¶ pilcrow sign (HTML:
The pilcrow can be used as an indent for separate paragraphs or to designate a new paragraph in one long piece of copy, as Eric Gill did in his 1930s book, An Essay on Typography. The pilcrow was used in the Middle Ages to mark a new train of thought, before the convention of physically discrete paragraphs was commonplace.
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