Saturday, February 24, 2007
The V-sign, with the palm facing inwards, may have its origins in war. It is said that on the eve of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 the French threatened to chop off the 'bow fingers' (first and second fingers) of every English archer. At dawn next day the victorious English extended the same two fingers in a mocking gesture. During the Second World War a V-sign, with the palm facing outwards, was used by Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister, as a victory symbol.