Every day we see and use in communication a huge number of different signs and symbols. But far from always we know their true meaning, not to mention their origin. We offer to deal with some of the most famous characters, finding out what secrets they hide in themselves.
This symbol is a ligature – a sign depicting several letters or syllables. He hails from Ancient Rome, and he was most likely invented by Tyrone, Cicero’s personal assistant. It was he who tried to optimize the writing process due to the abbreviation system he developed. This symbol is deciphered as a union of “and” (et in Latin).
The sign was so widespread in Europe and America that the latter even once included it in its alphabet. Also, the symbol “&” has the name ampersand, which stands for “And per se and”. That is what the last letter in that same American alphabet was called. And this phrase is translated as “and the letter” and “itself.”
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We all know the image of the heart has little in common with the appearance of this organ. Reliably little is known about the origin of this symbol, but there are several hypotheses.
First, they believe that the sign of the heart is nothing more than an evolved image of “kissing” swans.
Secondly, it is believed that this symbol was once a sign of the feminine. As evidence, they refer to the ritual images of the female pelvis in Antiquity. And in Ancient Greece there was a temple of Aphrodite, in which buttocks were worshiped.
Thirdly, it is believed that the heart sign for a reason resembles a leaf of ivy. And again, researchers are referred to Ancient Greece, where with a wreath of ivy leaves Dionysus was represented – the patron saint of passion.
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The tenth century gave the story of Harald Blatand – the king of Denmark, famous for the fact that he was able to unite disparate Danish tribes into a single kingdom. And he loved blueberries, and therefore received the nickname Blue-Toothed.
As we remember, Bluetooth translates from English as “blue tooth”. And yet, Bluetooth is a technology that allows you to integrate several devices into a common network. The logo of this technology are two Scandinavian runes, combined into one. These runes correspond to the Latin letters H and B – the first letters of the name of the blue-toothed king of Denmark.
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Before this symbol appeared on the keyboard layout for computers, it was used instead of the English preposition at in payment documents. But he met much earlier. For example, a similar sign was found in a letter from a Florentine merchant who lived in the 16th century. The @ symbol can also be found in Russian books of the period 16-18 centuries. In French, Portuguese and Spanish, this icon means an old measure of weight – the arroba (11.502 kg).
After the widespread use of the symbol used as the preposition at, he was given the corresponding name – “commercial at”. Then the sign was added to the layout of typewriters, and later on the desktop keyboard.
One of the theories of evolution of the @ sign:
The @ symbol is known to us as a “dog.” He got this name either because initially he had a short tail and was vaguely similar to a dog, or because in the old computer game Adventure, this sign designated the dog of the protagonist.
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This symbol is present on almost any device. But not everyone knows what the original meaning of this image is. But the answer is simple: in the middle of the last century, the engineers designated the numbers “on” and “off” with the numbers 0 and 1. Later it was modified into an image of a circle and a vertical line enclosed in it.
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A symbol of peace
This is not a print of a pigeon’s paw, although there is also such a version of the origin of the mark. In fact, everything is much more complicated. The sign, which has the name “Pacific”, was created in 1958 specifically for a demonstration opposing nuclear weapons. The symbol itself is a combination of two semaphore signals N and D, which in this particular case meant “nuclear disarmament” – nuclear disarmament.
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The majority understands this sign as an expression of approval, but not in all cultures it has such a meaning. For example, in France and Brazil, the “OK” gesture directed at a person is offensive. Researchers only guess about the origin of the expression “O’kay”. It is assumed that his direct predecessor could be the phrase “oll korrekt” – distorted from “all correct” (or “everything is in order” in Russian). It was used in the letter by US President Jackson. Also consider that O.K. This is an abbreviation for Old Kinderhook, the city in which US President Martin Van Buren was born. According to legend, Van Buren used this reduction as an advertising slogan of his campaign: “Old Kinderhook is O.K.”.