Lest we forget ‘lest’

Lest is a conjunction that was suffering terminal decline since 1800 until the mid-noughties of the 21st Century, when grandiose bombasticity and  a nostalgia for empire-building and conquering things a desire to remember the fallen by politicians, and a wish to never ever ever forget how great and full of explosions terrible and tragic war is saw a return to usage of ‘lest’, in the only manner now permitted: Lest we forget.

Funny, isn’t it, that we nearly forgot lest, and now lest won’t let us forget, lest we forget.

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