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Armchair warrior

Updated: May 19

''Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.'' - Carl von Clausewitz

Apparently, not always… 😊

Armchair warrior (noun) – fighting, but only verbally, from the comfort of one’s living room.

Armchair warrior – a pejorative term which describes activities such as advocating use of armed forces instead of diplomatic means in resolving conflicts or speaking out in support of a battle, fight or a war.

I couldn’t have found an exact etymology of this word but one of the first examples of its usage appeared in a series Twilight Zone. In one of the episodes, the author Rod Serling wrote a speech that is made by a time traveller. The speech was aimed at a banker who was calling for sending young soldiers to fight a war against American Indians in the late 1800s.

Speaking of which…

Armchair general (noun) – someone who regards themselves as a military expert even though they have almost no military experience or a military commander who is not actively involved in warfare.

According to the Internet sources, this derogatory term originated from Carl Philipp Gottfried (or Gottlieb) von Clausewitz, a Prussian general and military theorist.

Armchair revolutionary (noun) - often pejorative, someone who advocates radical ideas and aims without being physically involved in or taking any action to realize them.

One of the earliest examples of usage of this term was recorded in a work of Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev, a Russian philosopher in 1937.

Last but not least…

Slacktivist (noun) – someone who supports a cause or makes a protest but doing something that requires only minimal effort and commitment.

Slacktivist – a pejorative term for a supporter of slacktivism, the practice of supporting a political or social cause by means such as social media or signing an online petition. According to the Internet sources, it was coined by Dwight Ozard and Fred Clark in 1995 to shorten the phrase slacker activism. Slacker activism refers to activities done by young people to impact society on a small, individual scale (such as planting a tree, opposite to participating in a protest). Obviously, the term originally had a positive connotation.

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