from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In Ancient Greek papyri, anything written beside the main text, such as a marginal note or sign to mark the close or beginning of a sentence, or (in a drama) to indicate a change of speaker.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
It was Aristotle who first noted the division of topics into paragraphs, although scholars of today disagree whether paragraphs were initially marked by dividing strokes between them or by horizontal lines (called paragraphos) under the beginning of a line in which the topic was concluded.
If anyone has a copy of “sisters”, please publish some of the choice paragraphos.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.