5 famous symbols whose origin you may not have known


Posted on Nov 28, 2022      204


We constantly encounter symbols that few people know the origin of. Some of them are featured in today’s story.

Every day, people interact with many signs and symbols. They are found literally everywhere: on television screens, on the Internet, in communication with friends and colleagues at work, etc. However, often the true meaning of a symbol, as well as its origin, can remain a mystery. Today, we will tell you about the origin of some symbols, each of which is familiar to anyone.

Symbol &.

This sign belongs to the category of ligatures, which may contain combinations of several symbols or even syllables. The first mention of it dates back to the days of ancient Rome. According to some reports, the author of the “&” could be one of Cicero’s aides named Tyrone, who wanted to make the writing more convenient. As for the meaning of the symbol, back in ancient times, it represented the union “and”.

Interestingly, for a long time, the “&” was widely used in European countries and the United States, where it was even part of the official alphabet for some time.

The @ symbol

Modern people probably think that this symbol appeared only with the advent of computers and other electronics in our lives. However, this is not true. Initially, the symbol “@” replaced the preposition “at” and was used in payment documents. Widespread distribution gave the symbol called “commercial at”, after which it was added to the layout of typewriters, and later got on modern keyboards.

There is evidence that a similar symbol was found in the papers of an Italian merchant who lived several centuries ago. It was also the symbol for the ancient measure of weight arrobu (11,502 kg) used by the Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Power symbol

You can see this symbol on the vast majority of devices powered by electricity. However, not everyone knows why this sign is used to show power. The fact is that in the last century, the position of switches was accepted to be marked as 0 and 1, respectively in the first case “off” and in the second “on”. Later, this designation became the basis for the modern symbol, in which the vertical bar is partly enclosed in a circle.

Symbol of peace

Many people believe this symbol is based on the pigeon’s paw print, but in fact, it is not. The symbol appeared in 1958 and was invented by demonstrators who opposed nuclear weapons. It was based on the semaphore signals “N” and “D”. The people who invented the pacifist sign as if to say “nuclear disarmament”, which can be translated as “nuclear disarmament”.

The Bluetooth symbol

In the tenth century Denmark was ruled by a king named Harald Blatand, who, besides being able to unite many disparate tribes, was famous for his love of blueberries. That is why among his subjects he was known as “Blue Tooth”.

Surely, many people know that in Russian the word Bluetooth can be translated as “blue tooth”. In addition, this technology makes it possible to combine several separate devices into a single network. A pair of Scandinavian runes, which correspond to the first letters of the name of the famous Danish king, is used as the Bluetooth logo.


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