When Did 'War' Become A Metaphor?
The U.S. hasn't declared war on a nation since 1942. Since then, presidents and pundits have found other uses for the word.By Elizabeth Hagedorn | December 10, 2015
The word "war" used to have a different conotation.
"I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan ... a state of war," President Franklin D. Roosevelt said.
Now, "war" is more of a metaphor.