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    The Union Jack

    Hi, teachers

    I'd like to know why the national flag of the UK is called the Union Jack.

    What does"Jack" here mean ?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: The Union Jack

    Quote Originally Posted by kirimaru View Post
    Hi, teachers

    I'd like to know why the national flag of the UK is called the Union Jack.

    What does"Jack" here mean ?

    Thanks a lot.
    . It just is, although its proper name is 'Union Flag': Union Flag - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Online Etymology Dictionary

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    Re: The Union Jack

    From phrases.org.uk:

    Strictly speaking, it's only called the Union jack when it's flown on a boat or ship. At all others times it should correctly be referred to as the Union Flag. Jack in this sense is a generic word for any flag flown from a ship (attached to a jackstaff, usually), although especially one that denotes nationality. As to the Union part? The flag is a amalgamated overlay of the cross of St. George (patron saint of England), the cross of St. Andrew (patron saint of Scotland) and the cross of St. Patrick (patron saint of Ireland). The Welsh don't get a look-in with their dragon, maybe because they were never a kingdom as such, or maybe because it was just too hard to incorporate.


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    Re: The Union Jack

    Thanks a lot, BobK and Anglika.

    You two have really helped me understand much about this matter :)

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