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 Sign your Name.Significa’vit. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Signs instead of words.
A symbolic language made by gestures. Members of religious orders bound to silence, communicate with each other in this way. John, a monk, gives, in his Life of St. Odo, a number of signs for bread, tart, beans, eggs, fish, cheese, honey, milk, cherries, onions, etc. (See Sussex Archœological Collection, vol. iii. p. 190.)   1

 Sign your Name.Significa’vit. 


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