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Monday, 27 May 2019

Spot the Frippet: jingo.

A jingo is, according to my dictionary, a loud and bellicose patriot.

Fortunately, they're not usually hard to spot.

Spot the Frippet: jingo. This word appeared in the 1600s, probably as a polite version of Jesus. The aggressive-patriot meaning probably came about in the 1800s because of a music hall song which used By jingo! in its chorus.

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