Category: Symbols

All communication (and data processing) is achieved though the use of symbols. Communication relies on marks, signs, or words that indicate, signify, or are understood as representing an idea, object, or relationship. Rating symbols allow people to go beyond what is known or seen by creating linkages between a rated object and its qualities. A symbol is any image or thing that stands for something else, e.g. the rating symbol AAA does not stand for three letters A like a sigh of relief (“aaah”…), but for highest credit quality. Therefore, a rating symbol could be as simple as a letter. A letter, by the way, is in general a symbol for a given sound (or set of sounds). Similarly, every word is a symbol for the idea it represents. Flags are symbols for nations.