Re: Flag tags

From: Michael Everson <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 17:30:28 +0100

On 31 May 2012, at 17:19, Asmus Freytag wrote:

> Some of them can be substituted and will be recognized by all as "jolly roger", others will not.
> The former set "may" be glyph variants - that is, if there's no contrastive usage, the latter cannot be.

They are logos for the actual dead pirate captains. They are glyph variants of "pirate flag" otherwise. Some are just obscure glyph variants.

> In this case, on top of that, many represent symbols identifying particular bands, captains or ships (or nowadays, movie cycles). As such they resemble the distinguishing function of national flags.

Then, yes, but now we do have a notion of "pirate flag" which is basically black with a skull and crossbones on it.

Michael Everson *
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