Posted by Lewis on February 26, 2004
In Reply to: Phrase in Discworld posted by Henry on February 25, 2004
: : : : "Bugger this for a game of soldiers"
: : : : What does that mean, and what's the origin?
: : : Soldiers tired of battle would say this. Possibly from the First World War? Read more in the archives at http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/18/messages/362.html
: : Thanks for the response. I did see search the archives before I posted, but the explanation wasn't awfully clear.
: : Does it mean "screw this (situation), let us now go and have a game of soldiers" ?
: : If so, what is a "game of soldiers"?
: : Cheers,
: : Srik
: The soldiers mean that war, a game of soldiers, isn't much fun.
a 'game of soldiers' is what children have - pretending / role-playing at being soldiers. something they generally find fun. the expression 'sod this for a game of soldiers' or 'fk this for' or 'bugger this for' all operate in the same way - it is an expression that the situation that one is in has turned unpleasant (from being a metaphorical 'game of soldiers')and they want to be out of it.
I met Terry Pratchett earlier on in his career - he was a genial and pleasant bloke to chat to for an hour or so.