A Short Flag Tutorial

It seems a member of the Seattle “Let’s Get Upset About Everything” community thought she saw a CONFEDERATE FLAG flying on her street. Never mind ASKING THE NEIGHBOR about the flag, right? No, she REPORTED it to the Seattle Times.

FLAG Norway

Journalists RACED to the scene, only to learn from the confused homeowner that it was the flag of Norway, which was flying during the Olympics, because her parents had immigrated emigrated from Norway and the Norwegians are totally killing it in Korea.

FLAG Dixie

I thought I’d make a side-by-side of the Norwegian and Confederate flags to illustrate this story and learned that the flag (above) most of us think of as the “Confederate flag” was never the official flag of the Confederacy (pictured below).

FLAG Confederacy




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6 responses to “A Short Flag Tutorial

  1. Word of the Day:
    Vexillology… the scientific study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags or, by extension, any interest in flags in general.… –Wikipedia

    “Water Cow” at Ace of Spades wrote:
    “Red, with a blue cross bordered in white. Unless it’s fully unfurled, it’s hard to tell a cross from a saltire. One’s imagination can add the stars.

    “Vexillology aside, someone was offended. This takes priority over any legitimate basis for the offense.”

    Saltire would have been Word of the Day, but Vexillology won on style.

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  2. chrissythehyphenated

    From Merriam-Webster (cuz I wanted to know the root word original for vexillology) …

    Did You Know?

    The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history. Woodrow Wilson was speaking of the U.S. flag when he made that statement in an address in June of 1915, but those who engage in vexillology – that is, vexillologists – would likely find the comment applicable to any national banner. Vexillologists undertake scholarly investigations of flags, producing papers with titles such as “A Review of the Changing Proportions of Rectangular Flags since Medieval Times, and Some Suggestions for the Future.” In the late 1950s, they coined vexillology as a name for their field of research from vexillum, the Latin term for a square flag or banner of the ancient Roman cavalry. The adjectives vexillologic and vexillological and the noun vexillologist followed soon thereafter.


  3. chrissythehyphenated

    I looked up “saltire” at M-W and still don’t know what it means. “A heraldic charge consisting of a cross formed by a bend and a bend sinister crossing in the center.” Huh?

    Oh, good. Wikipedia has something I can relate to. “A saltire, also called Saint Andrew’s Cross, is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross, like the shape of the letter X in Roman type.”


  4. chrissythehyphenated

    In the wee hours, I got pondering if I should’ve said “emigrated from Norway”, so I googled that too. (Big day for words!) I found a helpful mnemonic:

    Emigrate means “to Exit your home country to reside elsewhere.”

    Immigrate means “to come In to a new country to make it your home.”

    E.g., My great-grandparents emigrated from Russia. They immigrated to the United States.

    The Exit and come In mnemonic will also help me with two architectural terms hubby throws around … Egress and Ingress. You can google these words if you’re curious. I’m not going to do ALL your vocabulary work for you! LOL

    I am now going to change “immigrated from Norway” to “emigrated from Norway” because I am just that anal.

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