Main Sword Of Damocles Discussion

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08:00:23 AM Mar 30th 2014
This isn't what 'the sword of Damocles' story means, it's about the people that conspire against the king not about a literal weapon to threaten him. It's about intentions not items. Littlefinger from Song of Ice and Fire is a sword of Damocles, an unknown conspirator, the Death Star isn't.
03:14:34 AM Apr 21st 2014
Yeah, the idea of the Sword of Damocles is that something is held against a certain party that could potentially fuck them over big time should something happen.

So what I just added (the FFXII reference) is something that should stick I think. Reducing the concept from the thing that can undo people to "a literal weapon of deterrence" undermines the entire aspect of it, because the Sword of Damocles is a metaphor for ANYTHING that can be dangerous to one's aspirations.

Which in politics, can be a lot.
04:20:52 PM Dec 3rd 2010
I launched this myself because I was tired of the OP waiting to launch it. I also saved some examples from an earlier attempt at YKTTWing this.
08:59:36 PM Dec 11th 2010
It's not like No Launching Please means no launching, please, or anything.
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