Tuesday Vocabulary Lesson: Jingoism

Last night as I was reading (still working on "The Audacity of Hope" although it's actually going quickly for a "smart" book) I came across an unfamiliar word--jingoism.  I stopped to look it up then, and I'm glad I did.  I've since seen the word in not less than 3 news stories today.  Since it is obviously creeping into popular vocabulary here is an amalgamation of several definitions I've found:

Jingoism--chauvinistic patriotism, especially with regard to a hawkish political stance; zealous patriotism expressing itself especially in hostility toward other countries, bellicose chauvinism;  flag waving.

The word was first used in connection with certain British politicians who sought to bring England into the Russo-Turkish War (1877–78) on the side of the Turks. It apparently derived from a popular song of the period:

"We don't want to fight
But, by Jingo, if we do,
We've got the ships,
We've got the men,
We've got the money, too."

So, there you are, go forth and use a new word.

(Sources:  Answers.com, Wikipedia, Google)