Say hi to my new tattoo, little tumblr blog. Nerdy Grammar Nerdiness abounds <3
I’ve wanted to get a pilcrow tattoo for awhile. The pilcrow, for those of you less editorially inclined, is more commonly known as the paragraph mark — yeah, the backwards P thing that teachers sometimes used to denote where they thought that ungodly block of text that was your high school essay should have a new paragraph begin.
Years (and by years, I mean, uh, hundreds) ago, paragraphs didn’t actually exist. Texts were printed in single continuous blocks, and so the pilcrow was used to denote a change in thought, a shift in ideas, a change of direction —— this imagery really appeals to me for all kinds of poetic profound hipster reasons. Both as a writer and as an editor — the pilcrow is a delightful symbol to carry with me.
New paragraph. Indent. Begin anew.