Did you know that the study of flags is known as ‘vexillology’? Flags are used as symbols to represent countries or other governments, groups, or ideas. Most flags are rectangular, but some are square, triangular, or swallow-tailed. Many flags also have the same design on the front and back of the flags, but some, like the State of Oregon, have different designs on the front and back. The main part of the flag is called the ‘field’. The upper corner is called the ‘canton’. The ‘hoist end’ attaches to the flag pole and opposite is the ‘fly end’.
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Vexillology comes from the Latin word vexillum, which means flag or banner.
Flags can also be used for communication. One form is called semaphore and is used to visually communicate over long distances, for example in maritime situations.
There are also international maritime signal flags that are used to communicate the status of a ship.
Early flags were used during warfare to identify groups of soldiers. It wasn’t until the 18th century that countries started using flags outside of military purposes. By the 19th century it was common place for sovereigns or governments to create a flag for their country.
One of the more unusual flags belongs to the country of Nepal. It is shaped like two triangles stacked on top of each other.
The phrase ‘pass with flying colors’ comes from nautical history. If after a battle, a ship was victorious, it would return to port with their flags on display. If they lost the battle, they would ‘strike her colors’ and come back to port with the flags down.