The familiar ‘V’ sign – how did it come about?

We all know this two-fingered sign means we are victorious, that victory has been achieved. In the war times it was Winston Churchill who made this sign familiar to one and all. In modern times, it was Richard Nixon who used it frequently.  Now we have Tony Wootton and Gwen Zanzottera’s  ……..(to read more, click on the red bar below) version of how this gesture came about.

The “V”Sign

The English archers were the most accurate in Europe and, after the Battle of Agincourt, their fame was assured. Whenever the French captured English archers they cut off the first two fingers of the hand which drew the bow so that never again would they be able to use a bow.

However, when the English captured French soldiers the English would walk up and down the lines of captives, holding the first two fingers of their right hand upright to show that they were English archers and they still could draw a bow.

The element of victory is still attached to the usage all down the times, think this will never be lost.

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One thought on “The familiar ‘V’ sign – how did it come about?

  1. romerz says:

    I think it wasn’t so much a victory sign than rather as an “up yours” sign. You are absolutely right about its beginnings after Agincourt but it was more intended as a derogatory sign of defiance.

    Thanks for the contribution. I think the gesture you are refering to is the pointing of the index finger upwards.

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