Friday, May 15, 2009

Utterly Useless Information

I have just learned that the peculiar squiggly mark favored by nineteenth century German philosophers to mark paragraphs in their impenetrable books (§) is called a "section sign," and can be vocalized in a sentence using the perfectly good English word "section." Also, the paragraph sign "¶" is called a "pilcrow" and there is a sign which combined a question mark and an exclamation point into the delightfully-named "interrobang," which this font has never even heard of. This is the best day ever.

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