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Shortly thereafter, it also became adopted as a gesture used in photographs, especially in Japan.

As an example of the V sign (palm inward) as an insult, on November 1, 1990, The Sun, a British tabloid, ran an article on its front page with the headline "Up Yours, Delors" next to a large hand making a V sign protruding from a Union Jack cuff.

In the 1940s, during the Second World War, a campaign by the Western Allies to use the sign with the back of the hand towards the signer ( in Unicode) as a "V for Victory" sign proved quite effective.

During the Vietnam War, in the 1960s, the "V sign" was widely adopted by the counterculture as a symbol of peace.

The scene was also featured in the series' opening credits for all of Season 5.

Between 19 a group of anthropologists including Desmond Morris studied the history and spread of European gestures and found the rude version of the V-sign to be basically unknown outside the British Isles.For a time in the UK, "a Harvey (Smith)" became a way of describing the insulting version of the V sign, much as "the word of Cambronne" is used in France, or "the Trudeau salute" is used to describe the one-fingered salute in Canada.This happened because, in 1971, show-jumper Harvey Smith was disqualified for making a televised V sign to the judges after winning the British Show Jumping Derby at Hickstead. Sometimes foreigners visiting the countries mentioned above use the "two-fingered salute" without knowing it is offensive to the natives, for example when ordering two beers in a noisy pub, or in the case of the United States president George H. Bush, who, while touring Australia in 1992, attempted to give a "peace sign" to a group of farmers in Canberra—who were protesting about U. farm subsidies—and instead gave the insulting V sign.Join Us on Facebook Become a fan on our Facebook page and see what others are saying about us. Get Latest News and Information Check out our newletters and learn more about what is happening every month. The good news is that we can all do something about it.

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