Once a warrior gentle of birth,
Then a person of civic worth,
Now a fellow to move our mirth.
Warrior, person, and fellow — no more:
We must knight our dogs to get any lower.
Brave Knights Kennelers then shall be,
Noble Knights of the Golden Flea,
Knights of the Order of St. Steboy,
Knights of St. Gorge and Sir Knights Jawy.
God speed the day when this knighting fad
Shall go to the dogs and the dogs go mad.
Ambrose Bierce was the author of The Devil’s Dictionary, of which this is an excerpt. While plainly satire and cynical satire at that, the sentiment echos some of my thoughts on the overuse of the term “warrior”.