Posted by: Jack Henry | April 6, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Union Jack

Good morning!

Yes, I know we earned our independence from England a long time ago, but I thought this article on the Union Jack was interesting. In addition, for your viewing pleasure, I compiled a graphic of the original flags that make up the current flag.

From The Grammarist:

Union Jack

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.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

Symitar Documentation Services

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