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Peace Sign correction

March 16, 2009

It’s been there for years, a circle with a “Y” in it, and the word “Peace” underneath.  Not quite a correctly cricket complete or correct peace sign, but it must have satisfied the original spray-can wielding dimwit who put it there.

Apparently it bothered somebody, though.  A compulsive copy editor, perhaps, who walked by it every day and just… couldn’t… take it anymore!  That’s not a correct peace sign (sound of steel ball rattling in spray can), this is!  (Hissing sound; “Pssssht”  “Psssht” “Psssssssht!”)

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  1. gruntled atheist
    March 16, 2009 at 08:47 | #1

    Funny!  But would not peace be just as good upside down?

  2. March 16, 2009 at 10:49 | #2

    That would be Australian peace, I guess…

  3. Ray
    March 16, 2009 at 11:09 | #3

    Not quite a correctly cricket peace sign

    Would you mind explaining this phrase, please, for a Brit for whom the word ‘cricket’ conjures up visions of white-clad men on a green field playing that most elegant of games?

  4. March 16, 2009 at 11:57 | #4

    I never thought about it before, but that must be the origin of the phrase.  Since Cricket is a game of elegance and propriety, then “not Cricket” means not according to the rules, up to snuff, according to Hoyle, etc.

    My head must be a thicket of unexamined phrases and words…

  5. Ray
    March 16, 2009 at 12:36 | #5

    I suppose it’s close, but in fact “not cricket” means that something is unfair as opposed to being incorrect.

    In any case, thank you for the explanation. I am always fascinated by such sayings, and had never seen that particular usage before.

  6. March 18, 2009 at 20:46 | #6

    I’ve never seen that usage either.  I think DoF has picked up the idiom but misunderstood its usage. ‘Not Cricket’ means ‘Unsporting’, dishonest or caddish.  Unfortunately much of how modern Cricketers act is Not Cricket.

    The peace sign that way up is a Viking rune. Runes doubled as letters and magic symbols- this one (I forget it’s name, but means Elk) is a symbol of strength and defence.  Reversed it is a sign of weakness and vunerability- possibly not what the Peace movement wanted to symbolise.

  7. March 18, 2009 at 22:12 | #7

    I never know what a post is really about when I hit “Publish”. 

    Having read many books by Arthur Clarke, Richard Dawkins, Nevil Shute, and C.S. Lewis, I can certainly claim to be familiar with its ordinary usage.  Which gives me less excuse to have used the less common (but still extant) usage as “not up to standard”. 

    I’ll try to misuse an American expression next week.  Oh, what am I saying?  I never have to try; it just comes naturally.

  8. March 20, 2009 at 07:28 | #8

    This is how language evolves, dear.  You’re just helping it along. 

    One of my friends at work has a tendency to say “You’re joking me!” when she really means “You’re kidding me.”  It’s jolting, at first, but after a while you find yourself using it. 

    Of course, one runs the risk of getting spray-painted by the person who corrected that peace sign…

    Oh, and Last Hussar: it’s Elhaz (or possibly Algiz – no, wait, maybe it’s Eolh).  Behold the power of Google!  LOL.  Kept my lazy butt in my chair instead of having to get up and walk a few feet to my bookshelves, that. 

    Back when I was flipping through religions looking for alternatives to Christianity, I got interested in the runes.  Had an interesting experience with Ansuz – Odin’s Mouth.  One o’ those moments when you randomly pick out something and it meshes with what you’d been thinking, and gets you all excited thinking this stuff’s really real – until you learn enough about the human brain to understand the trick.  Not to mention, Odin still hasn’t delivered that important message that was supposed to be forthcoming.  The bastard.

  9. March 20, 2009 at 09:00 | #9

    One of the standing jokes on Futurama is that people say; “I need to axe you a question…”

  10. negativechris
    March 25, 2009 at 12:38 | #10

    I always thought that almost-peace-sign was pretty hilarious.  I wonder if the original author wasn’t entirely sober.  Or maybe the original author knew that when things aren’t quite right, it forces the viewer to engage mentally and they really wanted people to think… I doubt it. 

    Maybe some hippie gave his eight year old kid the spray paint and told him what to write, then he thought “you know, it’s not right, but that’s pretty good for an eight year old”. 

    It was there for a really long time; you’d think the maintenance people would have stripped it off, but maybe they just thought it was funny.

  11. September 28, 2009 at 06:48 | #11

    Sorry…nobody’s going to read this…

    Last Hussar: “Unfortunately much of how modern Cricketers act is Not Cricket.”

    I recommend Mark Steel’s Lecture about W G Grace. He wasn’t exactly a paragon on virtue on the field.

    As to the runes, the ‘upside down peace symbol’ one is the equivalent of a z (or R) in the older runic alphabet and an m in the later one. The right way up it would be an R in the later one.

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