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Aug 27, 2015
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Eponyms

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lorelei
Paul Pry
boycott
chauvinism
lovelace

chauvinism in an Alcoa Aluminum ad
Alcoa Aluminum ad, 1953
“You mean a woman can open it?”

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chauvinism

PRONUNCIATION:
(SHO-vuh-niz-uhm)

MEANING:
noun: The belief in the superiority of one’s country, group, gender, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Nicolas Chauvin, a legendary French soldier in Napoleon’s army, noted for his fanatical patriotism. The figure of Nicolas Chauvin was popularized in the play La Cocarde Tricolore by the Cogniard brothers. Earliest documented use: 1870.

USAGE:
“It wasn’t some cheap outcrop of chauvinism. It was rather the latest evidence of sport’s ability to unite a people in pride.”
James Lawton; Magical Memories of 2012 Olympics; The Independent (London, UK); Dec 21, 2012.

See more usage examples of chauvinism in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. -William Least Heat-Moon, travel writer (b. 27 Aug 1939)

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