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The V-sign

The V-sign
Winston Churchill giving his famous V for Victory sign © TopFoto.co.uk

Where did the V-sign come from? We may never know, although one persistent theory says it has something to do with English longbowmen. What is clearer is that the gesture has two quite different sets of meanings, depending on whether you make it with your palm turned inward or facing outward.

With the growth of global communications, we are also discovering the rude and defiant hand gestures of other cultures. As the symbol of peace, it has become universal, while the V for Victory will forever remain associated with the wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill.