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I'm trying to find out what this symbol means and if it has a name:

I've seen it being used in word processors.

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Voting to reopen. While the question can be easily answered with a single link, it's essentially impossible to find that link unless you already know the answer. –  JSBձոգչ Jan 27 '12 at 19:48
@JSBngs: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/¶; –  Cerberus Jan 27 '12 at 19:49
@Cerberus It's surprising to see that that actually works, and it's not at all obvious that you can look up punctuation marks that way. –  JSBձոգչ Jan 27 '12 at 19:51
I didn't know I could search wikipedia for a symbol. Thanks. –  c0smikdebris Jan 29 '12 at 4:24
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It's called a pilcrow.

From Wikipedia:

The pilcrow (¶), also called the paragraph mark, paragraph sign, paraph, alinea (Latin: a lineā, "off the line"), or blind P, is a typographical character commonly used to denote individual paragraphs.

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Unicode has three related code points: ¶ U+00B6 PILCROW SIGN, ⁋ U+204B REVERSED PILCROW SIGN, and ❡ U+2761 CURVED STEM PARAGRAPH SIGN ORNAMENT. –  tchrist Jan 27 '12 at 12:46
If you call it a pilcrow, very few people will know what you mean, unfortunately :( Better to call it a paragraph sign. –  Mark Beadles Jan 27 '12 at 14:54
@Mark Beadles, very good point. I actually searched Google for "Paragraph sign" to find the answer, so I'd agree it's the more common parlance. –  Andy F Jan 27 '12 at 16:41
for what it's worth, in LaTeX it is \textparagraph which supports the "paragraph" moniker –  KennyPeanuts Jan 27 '12 at 17:54
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