Have you noiced how many common euphemisms in the English language are related to violence?
It has occurred to me that there seem to be numbers of common phrases, mostly suggesting positive situations, that relate to violence or, at the least, less-than-gentle behaviors.
Examples I’ve noticed are “hard hitting”, “brutally frank”, “cutting edge”, “barbed”, “cutting remarks” “edgy”, “banging it out”, “hitting it off”, “roasted”, “getting smashed or hammered”, “killing time”, “killing two birds with one stone”, “more than one way to skin a cat”.
There are many sexual terms with violent overtones, which we won’t go into here . . .
Can you think of any others I’ve missed?
Where does all this come from? Are we as a culture applauding aggression, and if so, can we wonder why there is so much brutality in the world today?