strike

In military jargon, “strike” means “bombing.”

I only mention it because the word sounds so much like swinging a bat and not even hitting anything, or like an open-handed slap to the face — probably a face that really deserved it. And while baseball bats and palms and fists can be destructive, none of those things are bombs.

So in that sense, “strike” is also a euphemism for “bombing.” It’s a way to avoid looking directly at the horror.

Here at Wordmonster, we believe that people should avoid inflicting horrors on each other. But if they ARE going to do it, they should at least have to call it what it is.