I remember the first time I met a semioticist, it was on my first visit to Spain, and I think he must have been a cousin of the family I was staying with. From that encounter, I have a vague idea that semiotics has to do with symbols and meaning. Which brings me to this photo that I took at a mall.

What is it a symbol of? (Or: Of what is it a symbol? For the pedants).

I think you will guess that it is the sign for the Ladies’ toilet but have you ever thought what a feat it is that our brain takes a circle, a space shuttle and a line, and knows what it is?

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