In the late 1960s throughout 1980s, the V hand gesture was a standard way of passing information of Victory. Individuals would raise their index and middle fingers while clenching other fingers; to make a V shape to signify an act of winning over their opponents. At that moment, for approximately 100 years of struggle, the French military would chop off the index and middle fingers of the bowmen from England to prevent them from shooting anymore (Dougherty, 2016). By pointing the fingers at the English bowmen; the French were signalizing that they were seeing the bowmen and had nothing to do but shoot them.
As the Second World War continued, Winston Churchill changed the meaning of reverse sign to mean V for Victory. Initially, the back of the hand was the one facing the viewer; but on this end the fingers pointing towards the viewer (Tiechuan, 2016). Objectively, the fingers were now reversed to signify the Christian cross that was inverted. That is to say; there was no chance to live as Christ died on the cross for all humanity to live. Instead, the sign was symbolizing an act of firing the opponents. The two signs, the victory and the reverse sign, had the same meaning. They both signified an act of success since the reverse peace sign would as well be used to refer that the opponent was on the point of being shoot; being defeated (Dougherty, 2016).
Presently, the two signs have been widely misinterpreted across the globe. Diverse cultures are using signs in various ways. While other cultures use the two symbols to pose in photographs; others use the signs to address their audience. For instance, in Asia, the V sign is used in posing for photo captions. On the other hand, Americans use the reverse hand gesture along most of their conversations in addressing their audience. Therefore it is essential to understand the cultural background of a people before using any hand gesture since the gesture could be passing a different message to the audience