Adjectives like epoch-making, epic, historic, unforgettable, triumphant, age-old, inevitable, inexorable, veritable, are used to dignify the sordid process of international politics, while writing that aims at glorifying war usually takes on an archaic color, its characteristic words being: realm, throne, chariot, mailed fist, trident, sword, shield, buckler, banner, jackboot, clarion.
George Orwell, Politics and the English Language (1946)
This is why I hate that horrid construction “blood and treasure.” No. You’re talking about dead soldiers and money.
I think Orwell gets a whole lot very right in this essay, but, as with his A Nice Cup of Tea, when he goes wrong, he goes dreadfully wrong.