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Dh says it's not the Union Jack ...

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Madsometimes Sat 30-Apr-11 20:10:32

it's the Union Flag. It is only the Union Jack if it is flying on a ship.

Is he right? He was getting rather worked up by the BBC commentary on Royal Wedding day.

nethunsreject Sat 30-Apr-11 20:10:55


BluddyMoFo Sat 30-Apr-11 20:12:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Honeydragon Sat 30-Apr-11 20:13:27

yes he's right

Carrotsandcelery Sat 30-Apr-11 20:13:41

My dh has been banging on about it too Mad and sadly he is usually, although not always grin right.

ilythia Sat 30-Apr-11 20:14:44

He is right. Annoys me as well. Nobbers.

MoreBeta Sat 30-Apr-11 20:15:55

... and for goodness sake don't display it upside down otherwise it becomes a distress signal and someone will come and offer to rescue you.

PiaThreeTimes Sat 30-Apr-11 20:17:09

My DP always corrects people on this. I wish he'd sort out his own poor grammar before jumping on it every bloody time! grin

SecretNutellaFix Sat 30-Apr-11 20:17:47

he's right. sorry.

Hassled Sat 30-Apr-11 20:18:19

He's right and much as I like a spot of pedantry, I really think life is too short on this one. Everyone knows which flag you mean.

BitOfFun Sat 30-Apr-11 20:18:44

It's not the most obvious distress signal in the world though, is it, Beta?

thisisyesterday Sat 30-Apr-11 20:19:06

yes, he is right

LaurieFairyCake Sat 30-Apr-11 20:19:46


Dd pointed it out to me yesterday

Bloody schools wink

TimeWasting Sat 30-Apr-11 20:23:18

Yes Beta, are we supposed paint 'HELP' on it?

cath476 Sat 30-Apr-11 20:24:55

Yes ds2 (5) very patiently explained this to me, his poor, stupid mummy, yesterday! grin

MoreBeta Sat 30-Apr-11 20:32:01

Nope - just put it upside down on the back of your boat and the Royal Navy come and rescue you.

It is quite subtle and causes quite a chuckle among those that know when someone does it by accident on Govt buildings etc.

meditrina Sat 30-Apr-11 20:32:18

BitofFun: precisely. It's so that the enemy (eg hostile boarding party) didn't know you were signalling for help. Obviously that dates from times before modern comms and depends on the ignorance of the enemy about the flag.

Matelots and military types would spot immediately if it were the wrong way round.

meditrina Sat 30-Apr-11 20:33:15


Madsometimes Sat 30-Apr-11 20:43:56

So if he was a MNer, pedants corner would be where he would feel at home smile.

Grumpystiltskin Sun 08-May-11 20:10:39

A bit late but to be ultra pedantic MoreBeta a boat is a submarine so you would be unlikely to be rescued with an upside down Union Flag (subs don't have Jack Masts when they are out an about) hanging from the stern of that!

A ship however is a ship and they do have Jack Masts. No matter how har I try though, I can never remember whch way up is correct.

Grumpystiltskin Sun 08-May-11 20:11:10

*out and about

mranchovy Thu 09-Jun-11 22:16:12

The jack mast (from which a national flag may be flown) is at the bow, only an ensign is flown at the stern.

The national flags of the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal are all difficult or impossible to identify from a distance as inverted so they were never much use as distress signals.

Slambang Thu 09-Jun-11 22:18:16

Tell him to stop showing off because everybody knows that.

mranchovy Thu 09-Jun-11 22:37:16

Oh, no - I've only just got started, I haven't allowed myself out in Pedants Corner for years!

DirtyMartini Thu 09-Jun-11 22:44:41

It was on QI. I keep seeing that episode on Dave.

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