PRONUNCIATION: (SHO-vuh-niz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: The belief in the superiority of ones country, group, gender, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: After Nicolas Chauvin, a legendary French soldier in Napoleons 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

ACHAUVINISM - belief in sneezing

COHAUVINISM - belief in doing things by halves, knowing that two halves makes a whole

CHAVINISM - belief in potato soup

I sure hope Anu doesn't pick "Gerrymander" for tomorrow's word...