For something, that to someone stands for something in a certain way
A sign is the relationship between signifier and signified!
Well, okay, a sign is something that to someone stands for something in a certain way
The signs are said to be tripartite: icon, index and symbol.
Iconic signs are similar to the signifier, like hieroglyphics or “Car can fall into water.” Indexical signs have a direct relationship to that being signified, as in where there’s smoke there’s fire.
Symbolic signs are only decipherable via societally agreed upon connections, such as the signs which—when placed next to each other— result in communication.
We admire the work of the semioticians.
On Signs and Symbols
Symbols – symbolum (Lat) from symbolon (Gr.) compound of Greek syn. „together“ + ballein „to throw“ = thrown together, combined.
A brief survey of various individuals resulted in
varyingly thrown together answers
My favorite symbol is: a heart with an arrow says a young girl
a small school boy says mine is the smiley face
mine is a skull a man says with a smile
mine the yin and yang—
a hand gesture for fuck is shown like so
treble clef in a musical staff says a group
turning around after a farewell says hope
the question mark—a whispered swastika says it again
the sign for no smoking says a crowd
the five Olympic rings says another
00-WC cries a guy rushing past
the smile upon recognition of a symbol
a sword—a light house—a highway sign—air traffic sign
the wedding ring—hymen—manhood
copyright symbol? good? — as well as evil?
the one for radioactivity—barcode—the one for victory
company logo, national flag, laurel wreath
horoscope—sun moon and the stars—the dove
hammer and sickle—campaign button—secret society sign
The „we think alike look”
signs of disease—Aids ribbon—four leaf clover
divine and devilish signs
headscarf and prayer rug—Jesus on the Cross—Seal of Solomon
the crown—a name—a line—the war cry
the busy signal
the square root of myself—
body-language, spiritual signs
aesculapian staff—weights and measures
the military salute
colors—recycling symbol—bloody mouth—
SOS The Red Cross—currency symbol – warning triangle