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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A flourish at the end of a signature, originally as a precaution against forgery.
Via French and Latin from Greek paragraphos (a line showing a break in sense or a change of speakers), from para- (beside) + graphein (write). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gerbh- (to scratch), which also gave us crab, crayfish, carve, crawl, grammar, anagram, program, and graphite.
Examples of paraphs (would that be paraphernalia?).
"This was a considerable feat in that he had recognised not only the
initial upon the bedcloth, but its unique paraph in one corner."
See more usage examples of paraph in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. -Louis L'Amour, novelist (1908-1988)
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