The English expressions coined in WW1
Fascinating read even if you’re familar with well-known WWI words such as ‘Blighty’, ‘Fritz’ or ‘cushy’ . Definitely clears up some words I’ve come across whilst watching Parade’s End and Blackadder.
from Ford Madox Ford’s Some Do Not…
Though this did admittedly make me laugh at first, I honestly want to draw attention to the brilliance that is an irrelevant/unnecessary few sentences’ worth of descriptive auditory stimuli instead brilliantly encapsulated within a mere two words. Cheers to you, Ford.
"We are all so afraid, we are all so alone, we all so need from the outside the assurance of our own worthiness to exist. So, for a time, if such a passion come to fruition, the man will get what he wants. He will get the moral support, the encouragement, the relief from the sense of loneliness, the assurance of his own worth. But these things pass away; inevitably they pass away as the shadows pass across sundials. It is sad, but it is so. The pages of the book will become familiar; the beautiful corner of the road will have been turned too many times. Well, this is the saddest story."
Happy Birthday Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (via tierney922
Ford Madox Ford (on the right) with fellow officers of the Welch regiment.
"When I was in hospital a man three beds from me died very hard, blood pouring thro’ bandages & he himself crying perpetually “Faith! Faith! Faith!” It was very disagreeable as long as he had a chance of life - but one lost all interest and forgot him when one heard he had none. Faith, in short, died after the war - every sort of Faith."
Dust-jacket from the first edition of Some Do Not (Duckworth, 1924)