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July 19, 2004

V for Victory

"Peace sign, my ass." Quite right. All is explained at Castle Argghhh!!!

July 19, 1941 - Winston Churchill flashes his "V for Victory" for the first time"

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 19, 2004 08:24 AM

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I had read that the origin of this sign was from the English longbow days -- captured English bowmen would have their two fingers cut off so they could never again use a bow. So, this 'V' sign became a taunt to the opposing side across the battlefield. No idea if this is a myth though; anything in the Flea archives on this?

Posted by: Mike at July 21, 2004 04:40 PM

I use this example in teaching my nonverbal communication course. I am not certain whether or not it is true in an historical sense but it has great truth in a mythological sense...

Posted by: Flea at July 21, 2004 04:48 PM