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I've often seen the words graf and paragraph used seemingly interchangeably, but I've never read or heard it explained when each should be used (or if they are indeed interchangeable).

Are they equivalent, or are there circumstances in which one makes more sense than the other?

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Graf is only used in journalism as a contraction of (nutshell) paragraph.

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Some dictionaries, such as Wiktionary, include graf, listing it as slang used in journalism. A 2007 Language Log post also addresses graf and other journalism terms with odd spellings (hed, dek, lede, and tk). –  aedia λ Nov 28 '11 at 21:23
    
Graf also refers to graffiti art style. –  Jon Purdy Nov 29 '11 at 2:02
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