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Notorious American beat writer William S Burroughs was once asked by a medic what the American flag meant to him. “Soak it in heroin, doc, and I’ll suck it,” was his frank reply. 

Like heroin, flags make people do and say crazy things. And now, thanks to Adam Bandt, Australians are thinking about what national emblems mean and do not mean.

Crikey satirist Tom Red has pulled together all the latest terminology so when you’re next cornered by a preaching patriot or anarchic pirate, you’ll be prepared.