Common Symbols Whose Origin And Meaning You Did Not Know About

13Heart Symbol

Even before smartphones, we had the heart symbol on our phones to symbolize the expression of love. According to research heart-shaped peepal leaves were found in depictions done by the Indus Valley Civilization. Today the sign is used to express love and heavily used on Valentine’s Day. In video games, the symbol is used to show health.

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14Symbol of Access

We all have seen this symbol that features a blue square with a person sitting in a wheelchair. The symbol was created by a Danish design student by the name of Susanne Koefoed in 1968. The early version of the symbol was presented at an exhibition in July 1968. The first symbol had an empty wheelchair.

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15Exit Sign

This sign has two variations; one has a man running out an open door while the other just has the word ‘EXIT’ written on a large red background. This is a very important sign used in crowded places and is highlighted to show where the emergency exits are. This sign has become mandatory in every major building.

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16Skull and crossbones

The skull and crossbones sign is a universal sign for danger. Its origin has been placed somewhere around the Late Middle Ages and was often used on tombstones. Today, it is used as a hazard symbol usually to represent poisonous substances. During the 14th century onwards the symbol became associated with piracy.

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