The Meaning Of The ‘S’ Thing Everyone Drew In School

Posted by Michael Avery in Facts and DIY On 3rd August 2016

This is a phenomena that spans countries and generations. The S. Most of us have drawn this at one point or another in our childhoods at school.

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Your friend shows it to you one day, and for whatever reason it is so fun to draw so your notebooks end up covered in them.

But have any of you ever wondered what ‘The S' is? Where does it come from? What does it mean? And why does almost everyone know about it. It can only be drawn one way. You start with three parallel lines that were joined diagonally left to right, then capped off at the top and the bottom with point bits.

#2

The end result was a strong, powerful, don't need no man, S. It was also really addictive to draw. There has been a lot of speculation online about what the S is, where it came from, and what it means but so far all roads led to nowhere.

#3

There are various theories surrounding it, like it is the Superman S. Some people swear that it was a strictly 90's thing but others strictly swear that it was an 60's thing. Yes, that's how long the S has been around and people have been drawing it.

#4

The S has appeared all over North America, South America, Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia. DC Comics came out to say when a reporter called to ask if it truly was a Superman S, that ‘It doesn't look like any of the emblems from the old Superman Shield Logos.' This was the statement put out by Benjamin LeClear who manages the comics library at the Burbank, California DC Comics.

#5

Some people really thought that the S was from a surf / street wear company founded in the 80's in California called Strussy. They said in a statement ‘No, this is not an original Stussy Logo. People have been drawing this S long before Stussy was established. People have just assumed it was Stussy and it's sort of spread from there.'

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Paul Cobley is a professor in Language and Media at Middlesex University in London. He had a simple explanation for the lasting popularity of the S with kids. ‘The reason kids go through this is probably because it's a Moebius strip. It can't be drawn continuously, but it does have a perpetual flow.' This makes sense, a lot of kids can't draw and then they are given a recipe to draw something cool fairly easily. Long story short, it was fun to draw.

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