It can be said to exist
at two levels - the literal and the metaphorical. Literal
meaning is what is stated, what happens. Metaphorical meaning
is about what can be inferred or interpreted. Bobby Despotovski,
the Perth Glory soccer player recently gestured towards the
soccer crowd during a game. Literally he made a gesture with
his hand. Symbollically this gesture was interpreted as a
Serbian salute, with associations of Bosnians being persecuted.
It was suggested he was making this salute towards the Bosnians
in the crowd.
secondary meaning here lay only with those people who were familiar
with this gesture. It was later suggested in defence of Despotovski
that the gesture was a religious one.