By Timothy Benson -
If you are one of the poor, unfortunate souls who pays attention to public policy or politics and spends any time on the Internet, you have surely heard the term "virtue signaling."
Coined by British journalist James Bartholomew, virtue signaling, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is the "action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one's good character or the moral correctness of one's position on a particular issue."
More pithily, it's a cheap and easy way of showing off your own righteousness. Think of it as a kind of conspicuous consumption for the politically correct.