Where does the word “flag” come from?
Vexillology: The study of flags. Coined by Whitney Smith in 1957, as a combination of the Latin word Vexillum and the Greek suffix -ology. Vexillum (pl. vexilla): In ancient Rome, a square military banner hung from a crossbeam carried on a staff. It’s the diminutive of velum (“sail”), itself derived from Proto-Indo-European *weg- (“to weave a web”) or *weǵʰ- (“to ride”), thus […]