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It is as appropriate to talk of the Union Flag as it is to speak about the Union Jack. What is not appropriate is to cut one out of the conversation entirely, on the basis of historical claims that have been shown to be unfounded. It isn’t clear exactly when and how the term Union Jack came into being; and the official uses of “Union Flag” have been freely mixed with the colourful Jack for more than 100 years. Generations of vexed writers have wrestled with the subject, to no consensus view. If there is no definitive answer, perhaps there is no argument.

brief: provide a light edit of David Lister’s excellent guide to the proper naming of the Union standard
we edited gently for spelling, grammar and punctuation
client: Charles Ashburner, Chief Executive of the Flag Institute

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