The Words We Use

Watching a debate
About the First World War
Pros and cons
Should we have fought at all?
The matter of the Boer War
Britain’s behaviour there
‘Less than admirable’
A speaker did declare

English understatement
Gets you off the hook
Better than ‘bloody awful’
Any day
Minimalising language
Admit but do not say
Do not spell out
Or give the game away

First casualty of war
As we know
The truth is for the history books
Let it emerge real slow
And modern warfare
Mass communication
A world of lies
A Trumped up world
Less than admirable situation

Brian Fahy
29 July 2021

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