Union Jack

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The Union Jack is a symbol that is well known throughout the globe. We will examine the meaning of the term Union Jack, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

The Union Jack is the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The 1801 design combines the symbols pertaining to the various political factions of the time. The distinctive graphic is a result of combining the crosses representing St. George, the patron saint of England, St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, and St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. By this time, Wales was already considered a principality of England. The Jack in Union Jack refers to the name for a small flag flown on the jackstaff of a ship, which is a pole extending from the bow of the ship. This jack designated the nationality under which the ship was registered. Note that both words are capitalized in the term Union Jack. The national flag of Great Britain may also be called the Union Flag. The term Union Jackery is a term that means the act of enthusiastically waving the Union Jack, displaying overenthusiastic patriotism.


POLICE have launched an investigation after a poster of a burning Union Jack flag was placed in a London bus stop display – just one day after the Westminster terror attack. (The Sun)

And Katie Jordan, the department store’s head of international retail, said anything with a Union Jack on it — such as cushions and teddy bears — were flying out the door. (The West Australian)

To the chagrin of republicans here, there are still an awful lot of monarchists in Toronto as well, who presumably hang out at all those Firkin pubs festooned with Union Jackery. (The Toronto Star)