... usually happens unconsciously, or at least very rapidly.
Our world is full of symbols that we see, yet might not really understand. Here are a few such symbols... what are they? What do they mean? (And most importantly, HOW DID YOU LEARN what they are?)
Let's answer this week's Challenges.
1. What's this symbol? What does it mean? Where might you see this?
As a few people pointed out, these Challenges aren't that difficult. This one is especially easy: you just copy the symbol and then paste into your search engine. When I paste this character into Google I see this:
With a nice definition of what the character means. If you scroll down the page a bit, you'll then see:
And clicking on the Wikipedia link shows you this:
|Fleuron Wikipedia page|
Notice that the highlighted text is the same text that's extracted into the "People also ask" abstract. VERY handy.
Answer: This is the "Rotated floral heart bullet emoji" aka the "floral heart" or "hedera" or "aldus leaf."
(I note in passing that Bing doesn't have anything for this query.)
2. What's this symbol? What does it mean? Where might you see this?
Again, this isn't tough... just right click (or Control+click on a Mac) to search for Image with Google. (Or, if you're old school, you can save the image to your drive and then do a regular reverse image search.)
But you'll quickly learn that this is the OBA icon. Okay, what's that?
The obvious search teaches us that this the "Online Behavioral Advertising" icon indicating that the website follows the AdChoices design guidelines.
AdChoices is a self-regulatory program for online interest-based advertising in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
The idea is that clicking the icon "...provides information from the company that helped bring you the ad and [gives you] a choice to opt out from such interest-based ads using free-to-the-consumer Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) tools." (Link to YourAdChoices.com and the Wikipedia article on AdChoices.)
That might be, but until recently, I never really noticed it--I certainly didn't think of it as a clickable target on the page. Did you? (Just for fun, I finally clicked on one of these icons... it was supremely unhelpful in helping me manage my ads preferences.)
Answer: This is the OBA icon that, in principle, will help you manage the ads that are shown to you. In practice, it's not especially helpful.
3. What are these symbols? What do they mean? Where might you see these? What's the difference between the two symbols?
Search-by-image is our friend again, but it takes a little more digging to realize that these Power On/Off icons represent two VERY different ways of turning a gadget on-and-off. From the image search I found the Wikipedia article about the different Power Symbols that are in use.
5. What's this symbol? What does it mean? Where might you see this?
A fast search-by-image reveals that this is the "hot surface" icon. (ISO standard symbol 4000-0535). Oddly, I did not know this, even though I saw this icon on my instant pot cooker at home. Makes sense, but only if you know how to read hieroglyphs.
Seeing the standardized icon again (with the power icons from above) made me want to look a bit more deeply into the ISO standard symbol set. I discovered that you can browse the ISO symbol set easily, finding some old friends, icons and gylphs that you easily recognize, and others that you can't.
|From the ISO symbol browser: |
Answer: For our symbol, it's the "hot surface" icon. Don't touch!
Thanks, Dr. Russell. As you said it was not that hard but lots of fun and always something to learn either searching or with lateral search.ReplyDelete
Also one thing that I love from your Challenges is that once you read something here, it will come again and again in our lives in news, articles and in our lives without the Internet.
As for example, today, this waterfall. It's different but beautiful
Out of topic, but related to previous challenges (Music and Italy), Journey with Andrea Bocelli is totally worthy of enjoying
I found your blog post about the meanings behind everyday symbols to be fascinating. It's amazing how many symbols we encounter on a daily basis and yet we may not know their true significance.ReplyDelete
Regarding the keyword "Can I Return An Air Mattress To Walmart" in your comment prompt, while it may not be directly related to your post, as a language model, I can certainly provide some information on the topic.
According to Walmart's return policy, air mattresses can be returned within 90 days of purchase, as long as they are in their original packaging and have not been used. If the mattress has been used or the packaging is missing, Walmart may not accept the return for more detail Read Now.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and insights on the meanings behind everyday symbols. I always learn something new from your blog posts and look forward to reading more in the future.