Posted by: Natalie | February 20, 2010

Word of the Day

Chauvinism

Word Origins:

This word originally became used in 19th Century France, after Nicholas Chauvin. He is something of a legend as no one can say for sure if he really existed, but the tale suggests that he had been a soldier in Napolean’s army. He then spent the rest of his days mourning the loss of Napolean, saying that the country had declined since his death. He was thought to travel the country proclaiming the glory of France, lending his name Chauvin to mean a staunch patriotism. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the word chauvinism was attributed to ‘an excessive loyalty to one group so as to discriminate against all others’; hence Male chauvinism.

Urban Dictionary Definition:

Someone that blindly follows his patriotism. Ex. The Crusades

Nat’s Definition:

  • Selfishness.
  • The way in which men selfishly book work trips to Canada for MORE than a week, leaving the girlfriend at home and alone. Poo.
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Responses

  1. Linking to you from ismfortheday, another dictionary project: http://ismoftheday.com/2010/12/19/chauvinism-2/


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