Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
A gonfalon (pronounced GAHN-fu-lahn) is a flag suspended from a crosspiece instead of from an upright staff. It often ends in streamers. The word comes from the Frankish gundfano, "battle standard," and the Italian gonfalone. The Italian is particularly appropriate because such banners were the standards of some Italian republics.