Joke is on all taking pride in their chauvinist views

Extreme nationalism is the flavour of the decade and has disturbing parallels with history as we approach the centenary of the end of World War One.

It is actually from French that we get the word for its most extreme expression. Chauvinisme, named after zealous Napoleonic soldier, Nicolas Chauvin, means being more patriotic than patriotic. It goes beyond “my country is better than yours” to “my country is the best – at everything.”

English has no equivalent word which is why, as it so often does, it borrowed from the French, removing the final E. It is not often used but was once common in the context of sexism – as in “male chauvinist pig”. ...

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