As explained in the first page of hand gestures, a single sign can definitely have several meanings depending on how it is displayed. To the right are four images of the “Horns” sign that demonstrate this statement. All have quite unique meanings based on how the hand is held. Two further variations not included in the images are the “surfers greeting” and the “telephone” gesture. These are depicted later.
The “Horns” or “Corna” gesture has most recently been adopted by fans of rock and heavy metal music (See Safe, Respect, We’re Cool), but it is believed to have been popularised by Black Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio. In this context the hand gesture is a combination of the “evil eye” or Satan mixed up with a rejection of society in favour of an alternative sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll lifestyle. Nowadays many people around the world seem to use it to simply mean “rock on”. The symbolism behind a hand gesture can shift quite dramatically over a relatively short time period. (Continued at the bottom of this page)