Just learned a cool new phrase today. What is a “phony war” atmosphere? Well, let us imagine London and Paris in late 1939 and the first half of 1940.
- People are afraid that war is coming soon, maybe even to their city.
- The war hasn’t happened yet.
- Optimists still hope they can head off the war.
- Maybe the war will come and maybe it won’t, but unfortunately, it does look like peaceful days are numbered.
Why is it a phony war? The city and/or the country is not yet at war, but everyone is acting like they are living in wartime. In short, everyone is terrified and living in the future.