From Lowe's Curiosities of Heraldry: “It does not seem to have occured to these allegorizing worthies that the tincture of a charge may be diametrically opposed to the signification assigned to the charge itself. For example, the coat ‘Vert, a bull's head or’ by the armilogical rules cited above, would signify, as to the tinctures, pleasure and joy, while as to the charge it would mean rage and fury. Again, ‘Purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean ‘a wrangler with a peacable disposition!!’”
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Have you ever wanted to know a little bit about the squadron and group emblems, the “heraldry,” of the U.S. Air Force? How they are designed, or what meanings they attribute to the various tinctures? A Guide to Air Force Heraldry by William M. Russell, revised in 1996 by Col. Alan H. Clair and Julian C. Godwin of AFHRA, the Air Force Historical Research Agency, can be read, and downloaded, on-line at http://www.scribd.com/doc/31358578/A-Guide-to-Airforce-Heraldry. This little booklet (29 pages) is a decent introduction to USAF heraldry, though some of it gets a little technical at times. (Well, to be honest, it’s not really designed for the general reader, with chapters like “Processing Air Force Emblems.”)