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Re: REF: flags (archives)

A search of the iris-talk archives turned up this info.  I thought this
had been discussed before -my memory must still work, at least
occasionally.  But I was surprised it was in 1999, and not earlier, when
there was more of this kind of interesting stuff being shared here.
                       Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 18:59:00 -0600
                     From: "Jeff and Carolyn Walters"

                   > From: "Michael D. Greenfield"
                   > Does anyone know how it is that some people call
iris flags?


                   The English word 'flag' as used for banners and for
irises is derived from
                   a Danish word 'flaeg', meaning "to flutter". This
term was applied
                   independently to both banners and irises because they
share the
                   characteristics of being conspicuous and fluttering
in the breeze. Banners
                   are not named for irises nor irises for banners.

                   BTW, the 'flag' in flagstones, which do not flutter,
is derived from a
                   different, Old Norse word 'flaga', meaning "stone

                   Jeff Walters in northern Utah  (USDA Zone 4/5, Sunset
Zone 2)
Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
East Tennessee Iris Society <http://www.korrnet.org/etis>
American Iris Society web site <http://www.irises.org>
talk archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-talk/>
photos archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/>
online R&I <http://www.irisregister.com>

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