Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 weeks ago

The war to end all wars. Was that the official name for WW1 or just a popular nicked name?

2 Answers

  • KaleyK
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Because it was a world war, many nations were involved.  Each nation might have a different name.  There is no "official" name.  The British originally called it "The Great War".  The worldwide common name is World War 1. 

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    No, it wasn't. In English, it's name was The Great War until it World War II when it started to be referred to as World War I. "The war to end all wars" is merely an epithet that never really meant that there would be no more wars but employed the "end all" hyperbolic expression like when someone calls something "the be all, end all" or says something like, "It was the hat to end all hats," which you would never take to mean that there'd literally never be another hat ever again from this day forth.

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