Why do people cross their fingers for good luck? Who first used the V-sign? Why should being put "on the spot" be avoided in Chicago? How did the Turkish flag inspire the croissant? Throughout history, man has used signs and symbols to communicate and to help overcome the barriers of language and illiteracy. This is a guide to their history, development, meaning and use - from company logos and hand signals to heraldry and scientific symbols. The book also discusses their practical uses and their importance in an increasingly complex world.


Guinness Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols by John Foley